Serial conman caught after 21 years

Brandon William Pyatt

Brandon William Pyatt has been arrested after 21 years on the run

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

A conman who faced legal action after using Manchester United striker Eric Cantona's image on a range of wines without his permission has been caught after 21 years on the run.

Brandon William Pyatt, from Manchester, used a series of false identities to evade capture for more than two decades, until his arrest last week.

The 64-year-old was found in South Africa after the UK National Crime Agency tipped off authorities in the country.

Pyatt committed a string of frauds linked to a vehicle leasing company that he ran in the North West of England in the 1990s, leaving some of his victims tens of thousands of pounds out of pocket.

He made headlines when he faced High Court action for using striker Cantona's image on a wine and brandy range.

The serial conman is also facing criminal charges in South Africa for alleged fraud and theft.

NCA officer Danny Murphy, who worked on the original investigation into Pyatt in 1998 said his arrest gave him "great personal satisfaction".

"I hope the victims of Pyatt's offending will now experience some form of closure knowing that he is finally behind bars, and I thank them for their patience over the last two decades," he said.

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