Fresh sightings of elusive UK conman

2014-11-17 00:00

FRESH sightings of conman Brandon Pyatt have spurred on a police search for him with investigators now turning their attention to the KZN South Coast.

The serial fraudster is understood to be linked to a string of criminal cases locally and abroad.

He is being sought by British police and their South African counterparts, and following an article published in The Witness on Friday, two sightings of Pyatt were reported.

Two readers wrote they had seen the British National in the seaside town of Port Edward, and that he may be living with someone there. Information has been passed on to the investigating officer in this matter.

Pyatt is understood to have gained notoriety in the late nineties, when he took on Manchester United Football club and began to market a range of French wines and brandy bearing the likeness of legendary Man U forward, Eric Cantona.

He was later arrested on a number of copyright and fraud charges after Manchester United lawyers took Pyatt to the high court, claiming copyright infringement.

According to the Crime Stoppers website, Pyatt is wanted by the South Yorkshire Police on a range of charges.

“Brandon William Pyatt is wanted on warrant after being sentenced to six years imprisonment for offences of theft, deception and fraud. He uses several other aliases and has committed offences in the Manchester area also,” the website reads.

In 2010, he surfaced in South Africa on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, when he was arrested in a drug sting.

A total of 425 seedlings were found in containers at his home and in the wake of his arrest, Pyatt went on the run again after he failed to appear in court.

South Yorkshire Police officer Dave Wade confirmed that Pyatt was still being sought.

Pyatt is understood to use a range of other aliases, the most colourful of which include that of author and military analyst Robert Kershaw, and what appears to be the Sherlock Holmes-inspired Brandon Moriarty. He now faces a fresh pursuit, after allegedly stealing a car which belongs to a former business partner in Pietermaritzburg.

The man, who did not want to be named, reported his car stolen last month and is now working with police to track the conman.

Repeated attempts to contact Pyatt on his last known number proved unsuccessful at the time of going to press.


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