Police offer £2k reward in elusive fraudster hunt

Wanted fraudster Pauline Flett. Picture: Police Scotland
Wanted fraudster Pauline Flett. Picture: Police Scotland
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A £2000 bounty is being offered to catch a female master of disguise who embezzled large amounts of cash from her Edinburgh victims.

Pauline Flett has been on the run for more than five years after defrauding victims in the city – where she once lived – and across the country.

Blonde-haired, blue-eyed Flett, who has a distinctive bat tattoo on her left arm, has been evading capture by wearing disguises.

Angela Parker, national manager for Crimestoppers, who will release the reward upon Flett’s arrest, said: “Flett is believed to be involved in a number of crimes that have seen innocent victims scammed out of large sums of money.

“These victims deserve justice and it’s vital Flett is found to ensure she cannot strike again.”

Flett was released on bail after a hearing at Edinburgh Sheriff Court in November 2010 – but vanished into thin air.

The 31-year-old also defrauded victims of valuables across Scotland between October 2006 and March 2015.

Originally from Buckie in Moray, Flett lived in the Capital and also spent time in Glasgow.

Crimestoppers said anonymous tip-offs would be acceptable, and that anything that may lead to the fraudster’s arrest would be much appreciated by officers desperately trying to track her down.

“There are people out there who know where she is and I would urge you to do the right thing and contact Crimestoppers anonymously,” Ms Parker said.

“We don’t take personal details and we can’t trace calls or information given online. No-one will ever know you contacted us. We don’t want to know who you are, just what you know.”

Flett, who is believed to have been in Glasgow most recently, is described as being 5ft 6in with a medium build.

And she has also been known to use the alias Pauline Campbell.

Police Scotland officers around the country have been attempting to track her down, but she has proved to be elusive and is suspected of continuing to dupe people out of cash and other goods.

An appeal was also issued in July, when Leith-based constable Chris Campbell said: “We are working closely with our partner agencies in an effort to trace this woman.

“I would urge anyone who can help us establish her current whereabouts to contact police immediately.”

Around 14 people are arrested and charged every day as a result of information given to the charity.

The group visited Edinburgh last week as part of a national tour celebrating ten years of its UK’s Most Wanted campaign.

The faces of people sought by UK police were broadcast across Scotland, England and Wales on three screens attached to vans. They were wanted for a variety of crimes including murder, sexual offences, housebreaking, robbery, assault and domestic violence.

Anyone with information on Flett’s whereabouts should contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through the online form at crimestoppers-uk.org/give-info.

People are encouraged to look at Flett’s face in the photograph provided. It is possible she may have dyed her hair.

kaye.nicolson@edinburghnews.com