Convicted conman Peter Foster to be extradited to NSW

Convicted conman Peter Foster will be extradited to New South Wales after his arrest on a north Queensland beach yesterday over an alleged international sports trading scam.

The 57-year-old was walking his dogs on Four Mile beach at Port Douglas at 9:00am on Thursday when officers swooped and handcuffed him on the sand.

Mr Foster’s defence solicitor told the court there was no opposition to his extradition to New South Wales and no application was made for bail.

International investigation firm IFW Global issued a media release after the arrest yesterday stating they had been working with NSW police over a complaint alleging an Asia-based company called Sport Predictions was a bogus front for Mr Foster to scam money.

The notorious conman first courted controversy in the late 1980s when he was fined in the United Kingdom for falsely promoting weight loss tea with model Samantha Fox.

He then moved to the United States where he served four months in a Los Angeles prison for fraudulently claiming the tea lowered cholesterol.

His colourful career has included controversies involving the wife of then British prime minister, Tony Blair, and in 2018 he was linked to John Chardon, who was convicted for the manslaughter of his wife, after he claimed Chardon confessed the crime to him while they shared a cell in a Brisbane prison.