A former Milton Keynes couple fear they could be extradited ‘any day now’ after they were told their case will not be heard at the Supreme Court.
Paul and Sandra Dunham are being pursued by the US Department of Justice over allegations they embezzled more than one million US dollars in illegitimate expenses, a claim they deny
However extradition laws require the Dunhams, who now live in Northampton, to be flown over to the USA and kept in detention there for at least 12 weeks before their trial in what the High Court admitted could be harsh conditions.
Last Thursday they learned their appeal against extradition would not be heard in the Supreme Court.
Mr Dunham said: “The problem we have now is that we could be extradited any day now.
“All we know for sure is that this has to happen within the next 28 days, we’ll be put on a plane and sent back to the US.”
The Citizen reported in January how Mr Dunham’s pensioner father Frederick Dunham, who lives in Blue Bridge, had loaned the couple his £10,000 savings to pay legal costs.
Mr Dunham said at the time: “My dad is worried to death. He finds it all extremely upsetting and confusing. He wants to help but he feels helpless.”
Mr Dunham founded the UK arm of Pace in Blakelands near Newport Pagnell 27 years ago. After the business went from strength to strength, he was promoted to chief executive of the American company, which was run by the late Mr William Siegal.
He and his wife Sandra, who also worked for the company, left their Milton Keynes home and lived in the States for nine years.
They resigned and returned to England four years later after becoming embroiled in a dispute with Mr Seigal’s son Eric.
The allegedly embezzled money involved the Dunhams’ business expense claims over the nine years in the US – expenses the couple insist were genuine.
The Dunhams, who have been married for 35 years, are now both unemployed and ill with stress.
They have now written to the Home Office requesting that it allows them a further 14 days to make a ‘rule 39’ application to the European Court on Human Rights. Mr Dunham believes the British Government is doing all it can to protect the extradition laws with the US.