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Over the years Foster's tentacles have wrapped around an extraordinary cast of characters, from Cherie Blair and boxer Muhammad Ali to Britain's most famous "Page 3 girl", and Foster's former girlfriend, Samantha Fox.

The dark side of Peter Clarence Foster

According to Wikipedia, Peter Clarence Foster (born 26 September 1962) is an Australian career criminal who has been imprisoned in Australia, Britain, the United States, and Vanuatu for a variety of offences related to weight loss and other scams as well as absconding from justice. His convictions range from fraud and money laundering to contempt of court and resisting arrest.[4][5][6][7][8][9][10]

Foster was also in the headlines for his role in helping Cherie Blair, wife of British prime minister Tony Blair, buy properties in Bristol at a discounted rate.[11] Foster has described himself as an “international man of mischief”.[12]

On August 20, the notorious conman Peter Foster was arrested in far north Queensland over an alleged sports betting scam.

The 57-year-old was arrested while walking along a Port Douglas beach about 8am on Thursday.

He faces being extradited again to New South Wales and is expected to be charged with fraud-related offences.

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Secret recordings expose Australia’s most notorious con man Peter Foster | 60 Minutes Australia

Here’s a tip worth remembering. Under no circumstances should anyone stand between Peter Foster and his ill-gotten gains. For three decades Foster has been scamming his way to millions and millions of dollars of other people’s money. He’s Australia’s best – correction, worst – con artist, but until now the real impact of his crimes has often been diluted by ridiculing the gullible victims who were duped by his fast-talking and dodgy schemes.

The truth though is simple: Foster is a hard-nosed criminal, and as you’re about to see – and hear – he’ll stop at nothing to get to his loot. On assignment for 60 MINUTES, Karl Stefanovic reports on explosive new allegations involving Australia’s most despicable conman and the cop who finally beat him, in an epic battle that gets downright dirty.

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