Alleged conman supply teacher Mike Hale confronted at Camborne home
THE supply teacher wanted by South African police over an alleged £1.5 million fraud investigation has been confronted at a converted barn home near Camborne.
Former insurance broker Mike Hale, 63, vanished from South Africa four years ago after 20 million rand (£1.55m) went missing from his insurance firm.
Authorities were alerted after a former pupil contacted local media two weeks ago.
Last week he was confronted by a national newspaper at a house in Praze-An-Beeble.
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Mr Hale denies any wrongdoing and says he fled South Africa because of stress.
He said: “My attorneys are dealing with it. There were other people over there who were in the wrong, I'm not in the wrong.
“I'm very upset about it. It's a very difficult situation. I left because everything failed and I was stressed out.”
After authorities were alerted, they put out a search warrant and contacted Interpol in a desperate bid to track him down.
Police in South Africa are now waiting to extradite Mr Hale who is no longer working as a teacher after Penryn College and Falmouth School informed the police about the developments.
The alleged conman skipped South Africa in 2009 after the money went missing from the accounts of his company MJCM Insurance Brokers in Pietermaritzburg.
He is accused of 20 cases of fraud affecting 200 people, including his wife of 13 years and his brother-in-law.