Russia detains Frenchman for defrauding would-be brides

A French national has been arrested under an Interpol warrant in Russia`s Veliki Novgorod city for committing a variety of offences, including dishonestly posing as a suitor.

Moscow: A French national has been arrested under an Interpol warrant in Russia`s Veliki Novgorod city for committing a variety of offences, including dishonestly posing as a suitor.

According to a police officer, a court is slated to rule whether the man, 49, should be remanded in custody. 

Eventually the detainee is to be extradited to France, because he is on Interpol`s wanted list, the official said.

The man is wanted for gang fraud and other crimes.

He is known to have been travelling about Russia to romance several women to persuade them to take bank loans for him or give him expensive gifts only to unexpectedly vanish without a trace. 

He also stole expensive household appliances and other valuables. 

The man is suspected of defrauding his would-be brides in Moscow and Kazan and also in the Vologda and Tver regions.

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