A NOTORIOUS Costa conman is finally facing justice.
Toni Muldoon – who runs a string of bent businesses from his offices in Fuengirola – has been handed two years in prison.
The seasoned fraudster, 64, was also ordered to repay 500,000 euros to the victims of his lucrative nine million euro timeshare resale scam.
Police have now issued an arrest warrant for his estranged wife Kim, who failed to show up for the hearing at the Malaga court.
She was arrested with her mother at Malaga airport last year and is now understood to have fled to Turkey.
Muldoon and nine other gang members pleaded guilty to the defrauding of 300 timeshare owners looking to sell up between 2001 and 2006.
The well worn ruse – exposed by the Olive Press – saw a string of bogus companies taking 1,200 euros from each victim.
In the sting, the largely British and Irish victims were told a buyer was interested and offered a good rate by telesales staff from companies including Screenit, United Vacation Sales and Platinum Properties.
But, of course, there was no buyer and they never heard from the company again.
Six of the defendants, including Muldoon, were convicted of fraud while the remaining four got a year in prison for conspiracy.
“It is the first conviction in Spain against such timeshare scams,” explained lawyer Luis Fernando Gonzalez, who represented 159 victims.
The boss of Marbella firm Lawbird, added: “These were only a fraction of all those who were swindled. Muldoon is just horrible. He’s a natural-born conman.”
Victim Victor Jacobs, 89, of Hauxton, Cambridgeshire, said he had received a call in 2001 offering to sell his timeshare.
He said: “The caller said, ‘We’ve got a buyer lined up for you.’ They gave me his name and told us we would have to pay in advance.”
The couple sent the £926 fee but were not contacted again.
Thousands of victims are thought to have funded Muldoon’s lavish lifestyle which includes a mansion in Benalmadena and at least two yachts.
As well as running a water taxi business, he also has a ticket agency, a brothel and a car repair business.
In total, Muldoon has been linked to more than 50 companies in the UK and Spain, part of a huge international racket investigated by Interpol.
His two year sentence has been suspended and he won’t actually spend any time in prison unless convicted again.
But, this may be academic, as he is also wanted in the UK in connection with two scams which netted six million euros, after 15,000 victims paid upfront fees to websites promising debt elimination and a string of escort work.
A source from Suffolk Trading Standards told the Olive Press that they were making good progress on the case, which saw six arrests in November.
“Our immediate focus is on dealing with those individuals in the UK that are already being held and ensuring that the evidence gathered so far is examined thoroughly.
“We are fully aware of the link to various individuals in Spain and our intention is to continue enquiries with the assistance of Spanish Authorities.
“Our aim is to continue to liaise with cross border authorities and are confident that with perseverance the cross border cooperation will bear positive results that will assist our investigations.”
Although it has been buried deep in the press report surely the real story here is that after being found guilty of swindling all of these people out of millions of euros, his 2 year sentence is SUSPENDED!!! Why???
easy – because for a first offense any sentence given of two years and under is automatically suspended .
Thats the law here.
I dont know what all the fuss is about, people like Toni employ 100s of people here on the coast,always pays on time, employees pay taxes either dirctly or through spending and pay social security. His busnesses are well known to the authorities and are still trading, whats the problem?
oh well sorry LLJ thats fine then ….. doesnt matter who he robs as long as you get your pay on time .looks like the old saying lie down with dogs get up with fleas applys here.
Oh it’s toni hes a lovely guy! My mum used to work for him! in spain and she says hes a really nice bloke to work for! and would do again! Ive met him aswell he payed good.
i just got paid 3.400 euros for this weeks wages, and thats just this week,, best bloke i ever worked for.. im making more than i ever have, got myself a 4 bed villa, new merc cambrio… life is sweet.. more the fool the people for paying us… but hey thanks…
stevie v ……..don’t let anyone know where you live as taking money under false pretences is an offence……but you know……..if we wanted to find you we could do easily……..just a question of who you know………
Wow… some people have no morals!!!!
Lining your own pockets with people’s hard earned cash has gone on for years, but that by no means makes it right!
I’m sure the people that have lost money will be more than happy to know that you’re happy in your 4 bed villa!
The blame can not be placed on the people who have given their money in good faith. It’s not the way to run a business. The only thing I can hope is that Karma takes effect here on the staff that have the attitude of “more the fool the people paying us”.