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Scot to face justice after 8 years on run.

A SCOTSMAN, who has been on the run for eight years for his alleged role in a pounds 100,000 scam, faces trial in the UK, following his arrest in Australia.

Detectives believe that financial wizard Brian Goldie, 32, defrauded the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBOS) after developing a bitter grudge against his former employers.

Goldie, from Falkirk, rose from trainee bank officer to supervisor with RBOS, before leaving in 1989. He planned to join the Army but drifted into work at pubs and clubs.

Following the alleged hoax, Goldie fled to Australia in 1992.

Goldie married pretty student Jill Weiss in March 1993 - only two months after he divorced first wife Carol, who still lives in Scotland.

In November 1994, Edinburgh Sheriff's Court issued a warrant for the arrest of Goldie and two other men over the alleged RBOS fraud.

It is claimed Goldie drew pounds 93,374 of the bank's cash into personal accounts via a firm he set up called Oil Tech Pumps.

Until now, the Scot - described as a "charmer" who led the high-life with at least four girlfriends - has remained at large, even escaping an extradition bid by detectives.

But in a dramatic breakthrough, Goldie, who was arrested in February in New South Wales, is due to stand trial on three charges of theft from one of the country's biggest mines early next year.

Australian immigration officials have demanded that he return home immediately after the hearing, claiming that Goldie is not a person "of good character".

Last night, Home Office chiefs confirmed that Goldie, who is in custody in Western Australia awaiting trial, could be sent back to Britain to face possible trial over the bank fraud.
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Author:Butler, Bruce
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 6, 2000
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