Fugi­tive from SA work­ing as teacher in UK

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A FUGI­TIVE Bri­ton wanted in con­nec­tion with a £1.5-mil­lion (R25m) fraud in South Africa, has been found work­ing as a teacher in the UK – af­ter the po­lice were tipped off by a pupil.

Bro­ker Mike Hale, 63, van­ished from Pi­eter­mar­itzburg four years ago af­ter the money went miss­ing from his insurance firm.

South African au­thor­i­ties put out a search war­rant and con­tacted In­ter­pol in an at­tempt to track him down.

But Hale, a for­mer cap­tain of the Great Bri­tain wa­ter polo team, ar­rived back in the UK and passed back­ground checks to be­come a sup­ply teacher in Corn­wall.

The ex-sports­man went un­de­tected for years, but was ex­posed when a pupil read about his case on Face­book and recog­nised him. The 13-year-old girl posted de­tails of her de­tec­tive work online, along with a pic­ture she took of Hale – and soon more pupils came for­ward to con­firm the sight­ing.

Among them was for­mer Fal­mouth School pupil Daniel Tem­ple­ton, who was taught phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion by Hale 18 months ago.

He wrote: “I thought, ‘Oh my God, that’s re­ally him’. I just find it ridicu­lous that some­body can be­come a teacher af­ter that. Surely he must have gone through the sys­tem?”

South African au­thor­i­ties are now wait­ing to ex­tra­dite Hale, who is no longer work­ing as a teacher af­ter Pen­ryn Col­lege and Fal­mouth School in­formed the po­lice about the de­vel­op­ments.

The al­leged con­man skipped South Africa in 2009 af­ter the money went miss­ing from the ac­counts of his com­pany, MJCM Insurance Bro­kers, in Pi­eter­mar­itzburg. – Daily Mail

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