South Yorkshire money launderer who fled to Dubai extradited back to UK

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A convicted money launderer from South Yorkshire who fled to Dubai has been extradited back to the UK to start serving a six-year jail term.

Darren Bagnall, previously of Westgate, Monk Bretton, Barnsley, has begun serving a prison sentence after being found in Cyprus following three years on the run.

Bagnall, who is now 48 years old, was originally arrested at Manchester Airport in November 2005 when carrying a bag containing £99,200 in banknotes.

In March 2007, he was convicted of money laundering and sentenced to 15 months in jail.

In February 2010, Bagnall was made subject to a £1.8 million confiscation order in relation to the 2007 conviction, which was reduced to £1.6m on appeal.

Bagnall was warned he could serve six years in prison for failing to pay back the money.

In November 2012, Bagnall was allowed to travel to Dubai after telling magistrates he needed to make the trip to sell off assets so he could make the repayment.

But he failed to return and claimed he was too unwell to travel.

In April 2015, on the application of the Crown Prosecution Service, magistrates activated a six-year default sentence owing to Bagnall’s failure to pay, and a European arrest warrant was issued.

In July, Bagnall was arrested by Cypriot police officers in Nicosia.

Following court proceedings in Cyprus, Bagnall was extradited to the UK on Tuesday, October 13, to begin his sentence.

Kevin Newe, assistant director for HMRC’s Fraud Investigation Service, said: “Bagnall’s extradition demonstrates our determination to use all legal means to ensure that those who abscond for not paying what they owe are brought to justice, no matter where they try to hide. In this case, it takes on greater importance given that, with interest, Bagnall still owes some £2.2 million, which we are determined to make him pay.”

Gary Balch, deputy head of Crown Prosecution Service’s Proceeds of Crime, said: “This case underscores the CPS’ determination to ensure that those who are subject to confiscation orders pay them in full or face the consequences.”