Personal Computer Science boss loses Oz extradition battle
The Forsyth Saga Continues
Former PC tycoon Charles Forsyth, who fled the UK in 2002 as the Serious Fraud Office investigated the collapse of his company Personal Computer Science, is to be extradited to the UK to face trial. Forsyth, who is currently in custody in Australia, last week admitted defeat in his battle to try and stay in Australia and ‘formally consented’ at Perth Magistrates Court to his extradition back to the UK.
In a statement the Serious Fraud Office said that the Australian Attorney General signed the extradition order on the same day, and that Forsyth will be removed from Australia and collected by officers from the North Yorkshire police force some time in February.
Forsyth – the subject of an investigation by the Serious Fraud Office since 1999 – faces charges of two counts of fraudulent trading, as well as other charges relating to the sudden collapse of PCS, which crashed with debts of £8m.
Forsyth, a Scots aristocrat and son of a clan chieftain, has had a colourful career in the PC industry, being involved in several high-profile company failures including Multiplex, NTS and Microworld. For a time he also ran a classic car dealership in his native Edinburgh. ®