By Jon Clarke and James Bryce
ONE of the Costa del Sol’s most seasoned crooks has come out fighting amid allegations he is set to flee to Turkey.
Timeshare tout Toni Muldoon is said to be selling off his flotilla of boats and other businesses in preparation for a move to Eastern Europe.
But the conman – who was robbed by one of his own employees last week – has denied claims he is planning to up sticks later this year.
When confronted by the Olive Press at his plush Fuengirola mansion at the weekend, Muldoon said: “I’m not in Turkey, I’m here, I’ve been here 26 years and I’m not going anywhere – does it look like I’m in a rush to leave?
“Just because I got a two year suspended sentence, so what?”
The conman – accompanied by a glamorous woman and with a range of vehicles including a white sports car and quad bike clearly visible on the drive – took exception to our visit, making it clear we were not welcome.
Amid a foul-mouthed rant he issued a barrage of threats before declaring: “now do yourself a favour and f*** off.”
According to a friend, an original plan to flee to Turkey, as reported last issue, has been scrapped in favour of Bulgaria due to him ‘upsetting the local mafia’.
“He is going to move to Bulgaria instead, once he has raised enough money,” said the source.
“He has quite a few timeshare connections there and thinks he can hide without being bothered.
“He is a shrewd man and will do fine over there.” Muldoon – who recently escaped jail in Spain after being found guilty of a multi-million euro resales racket – is still facing four years in prison in the UK for other frauds.
The 65-year-old has now put his yachts Radical and Caribbean Lady on the market as well as his now defunct water taxi, which was to ply trade between Benalmadena, Malaga and Marbella.
“They have all been put up for sale and he no longer has his office in Benalmadena,” reveals the source.
“He is slimming down a lot of his operations and feeling the pinch.
“Things are certainly not like they were and the days of him making 30,000 euros a week from his scams are well over.”
While he still has two timeshare decks running scams in Alhaurin el Grande and Fuengirola, the Olive Press can reveal that staff are not happy and last week the office in Fuengirola was robbed.
“The employees have been getting more and more disgruntled,” explained the source.
“They have been getting paid later and later and last week one of his trusted people emptied out the safe and did a runner.
“Toni is not pleased.”
Suffolk Trading Standards estimates he has made millions from a range of Escort Agency and Debt Elimination scams.
In total he netted an estimated six million from 15,000 victims, linked through 50 companies in Spain and the UK.
In November police arrested six of his employees in the UK and an arrest warrant for Muldoon is said to be ‘imminent’.
As the Olive Press revealed in May, Muldoon pleaded guilty to the defrauding of 300 timeshare owners between 2001 and 2006, taking an estimated 1200 euros per victim.
While sources say he was expecting to get a four year prison sentence, he only got a two year suspended sentence.
This means he actually did not have to serve any time in prison.