After six months on the run, serial Gold Coast conman Peter Foster has finally been tracked down and arrested.
The Australian Federal Police confirmed the “wanted fugitive” was taken into custody in Victoria by a “highly-skilled AFP fugitive strike team” this morning.
The 59-year-old was arrested near the Victorian town of Gisborne and is now expected to be extradited back to Queensland.
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Mr Foster, who is facing multiple state charges relating to alleged $2 million fraud offences, was originally arrested in Port Douglas in August last year.
The notorious conman was remanded in custody before being granted bail in NSW in March this year under strict conditions, which included wearing an electronic monitoring device.
However, Ms Foster failed to appear for a scheduled plea hearing in May and his electronic monitoring device attached to his ankle stopped sending a signal.
“The man was then officially declared a fugitive,” the AFP said, with officials launching a nationwide manhunt to track him down.
“This arrest is a considerable result and a testament to the excellent working relationship between the AFP and Queensland Police,” AFP Assistant Commissioner Nigel Ryan said.
“We have been working hand in glove together and this man would still be at large without their operational input.
“I also thank Victoria Police, NSW Police and the AUSTRAC-led FINTEL Alliance for their engagement and assistance on this matter.”
Assistant Commissioner Ryan said the arrest should serve as a warning to “those most dangerous and wanted fugitives hiding in Australia”.
“The AFP’s world-leading technical and forensic capabilities is again demonstrating to offenders that there is nowhere to hide,” he said.
“There is no safe haven for criminals in Australia. The AFP, with our partner agencies, are relentless in ensuring those wanted for crimes face justice.”
The AFP are due to address the media and provide further details surrounding Peter Foster’s arrest later this afternoon.