Robert Hendy-Freegard is a British conman who posed as an MI5 agent, Special Branch or Scotland Yard working against IRA. Having got control over victims, he went to the end, depriving them of the remnants of their money and dignity. Forcing people to believe that their life was in danger, he literally took away years of their lives.
34-year-old Robert Hendy-Freegard, working as a barman and car salesman, convinced his victims that they were being hunted by IRA and made them give him money.
So, in 1993 he made three students leave college, persuading them that their life was in danger. “Enlisting” people on behalf of MI5, he gave them different tasks and sent on trips.
At least 8 people have become victims of his fraud for 10 years. Six of them were women including a lawyer, a psychologist, a company director and a student.
In total, they have paid the extortioner about one million pounds (two million dollars). he spent this money living out his James Bond fantasy: driving expensive cars, wearing exclusive suits, resting at five-star hotels around the world.
Many of his victims left families in fear of death and ended up in abject poverty. In 2002, Scotland Yard and the FBI organized a large-scale operation against the anti-social members of society. The police managed to lure him to Britain from the French Alps, where he was hiding, together with a US citizen, who thought he was a British secret agent. As a result of this operation, Hendy was caught at Heathrow Airport.
He denied any involvement in all cases of fraud. In June 2005, after an eight-month detention, the court convicted Hendy for two counts kidnapping, ten of thefts and eight of scams. He was sentenced to life imprisonment. In April 2007 the BBC announced that Handy filed an appeal in the case of kidnapping and won it. Life imprisonment was canceled.