COLOURFUL suspected fraudster Fiona Mary Mont, alias The Cat, was behind bars in Spain, following a tip-off that led Steyning CID to her secret Spanish hideout.
COLOURFUL suspected fraudster Fiona Mary Mont, alias The Cat, was behind bars in Spain, following a tip-off that led Steyning CID to her secret Spanish hideout.Mont, whose pseudonym arose from her ability to give detectives the slip, is wanted in connection with an alleged 300,000 computer fraud which has led police to investigate business premises in Henfield, among other places.She was discovered living in a small caravan on a campsite near Malaga with her ten-month-old baby and convicted drug smuggler boyfriend, Graham Hesketh, known as The Baron.She was arrested by the Spanish authorities and appeared in a court in Torremolinos.She will now be sent to the national court in Madrid to face extradition proceedings and is currently being held in a women's prison.If the Spanish authorities cooperate, she will be flown home to face the charge of conspiring to defraud within the next couple of months. But police fear complications may arise because of Mont's baby who has Spanish citizenship.Police have been trying to locate the 31-year-old for more than two years after she faked her own death and escaped to the Continent with Hesketh in a light aircraft from Shoreham Airport.Attempts to find her drew a blank for months and were made all the more frustrating for detectives by the way she allegedly taunted them with emails and even included Steyning Detective Constable Steve Skerrett in a bizarre play featured on her own website.Also featured on the website were selected excerpts from the national press detailing her exploits and apparent ability to evade capture.After receiving a tip-off from the Daily Mail newspaper, Sussex Police contacted Interpol. Steyning's DC Skerrett and Detective Superintendent Simon Harsley were flown out to the Costa del Sol where they assisted in her arrest.DC Skerrett, said: "She always believed she wouldn't get caught, but she was very wrong. This shows that nobody is above the law."He added: "I always believed I would catch her."