By Tom Powell and Jamie Micklethwaite
COSTA del Sol fraudster Nigel Goldman is hiding out in a classic English country cottage under the false name ‘Howard del Monte’.
Goldman – aka ‘Del Monte’ – has also returned to the business of buying and selling coins, stamps and antiques, it can be revealed.
Renting on a six month lease in the charming Berkshire village of Kintbury, he and his partner Suzanne Couling are peddling their wares via a joint Ebay account called ‘Bensons Emporium’.
Village post office staff told the Olive Press that he regularly collects parcels addressed to ‘Del Monte’, and also ‘sends many packages’.
Goldman fled Spain last year amid accusations of fraud, leaving behind dozens of victims owed a total of €15 million.
While he refused to answer questions, he seems happy living with Couling, her two daughters and two cats in the modest three-bedroom property.
While the pair are Kintbury’s hottest topic of conversation, they are rarely seen and ‘keep themselves to themselves’. Couling’s family live nearby in Hungerford.
In fact, the secretive man from Del Monte is seemingly only ever seen leaving the house to go to the post office.
When the Olive Press confronted him in his countryside retreat, Goldman refused to come to the door, instead briefly poking his head out of his bedroom window.
“I have nothing to say to you, but I look forward to meeting you again,” he called down.
His hair was disheveled, but he did not have the moustache some have claimed he is now sporting as part of his disguise.
The previous morning, Couling was seen leaving the house at 9am to load up their silver Vauxhall Zafira with boxes and head off, possibly to a car boot sale.
One neighbour explained that the day they moved into the house, a traffic warden arrived and issued the couple with a parking ticket.
“I don’t understand why he hasn’t been arrested, if a traffic warden can find him then surely the police can,” said the neighbour, who wished to remain anonymous.
“Everyone in the village knows he’s Goldman, whatever name he goes under.”
Goldman, who deleted his Facebook account recently, is currently being investigated for failing to return millions of euros to investors in his financial companies.
Various victims told the Olive Press that they are practically destitute after losing their life savings to his schemes, that included bogus investments in Morocco.
The conman, known for his newspaper columns and radio shows, sucked punters into an elaborate ponzi scheme, promising them sizeable returns.
However the addicted gambler was unable to keep his promises and was forced to flee his luxury million euro home, in Marbella, with Couling last October.
He has since visited Morocco and Portugal, but has chosen to lay his hat down in Kintbury, a far cry from the Costa del Sol high-life he clearly loved.
UPDATE: our story has now been picked up by several UK newspapers:
Birmingham Mail: http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/local-news/edgbaston-man-centre-alleged-multi-million-7069768
Daily Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/10808068/British-broker-hunted-by-Spanish-police-found-living-in-Wiltshire.html
Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2620098/Poker-cigar-smoking-playboy-run-allegedly-stealing-2-5-million-investors-Marbella-discovered-living-sleepy-Berkshire-village-newspaper-tracks-using-eBay.html