Northampton couple facing fraud charges in America granted bail by US judge

Paul and Sandra Dunham
Paul and Sandra Dunham

A Northampton couple extradited to the US to face fraud charges have been granted bail.

Paul and Sandra Dunham appeared before a court in Maryland on Thursday where they given bail, subject to certain conditions, and are expected to be released from custody next week.

South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom, who supported the Dunhams bid not to be extradited, tweeted “Dunhams released on bail! Superb news!”

The couple left their home in Collingtree last month after losing a lengthy court battle to stay in the country. On the night before they were due to fly to America they tried to take their own lives.

At a previous hearing before a US judge they were refused bail after it was decided they were a “flight risk”.

The couple have been accused of 13 counts of fraud. It is alleged that between 2002 and 2009 the couple fraudulently charged person expenses to their corporate credit cards and submitted vouchers to PACE, a US manufacturing company of which Mr Dunham was president, for reimbursement that falsely described them as business expenses.

The indictment also alleges the couple fraudulently billed PACE Europe for business expenses already paid by PACE, Inc, obtaining duplicate reimbursements.