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Jailed British woman coming home

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Chantal McCorkle was convicted on money laundering offences

A British woman jailed for 24 years in the US for fraud, conspiracy and money-laundering has won an appeal to finish her sentence in the UK.

Chantal McCorkle, of Slough, Berkshire, was jailed after being found guilty by a Florida court in 1998.

The charges came after she and her husband made TV commercials using actors posing as satisfied customers to promote their property advice business.

Her sentence has now been shortened and she could be released within a year.

She is expected back in the UK by the summer.

Writing on her website, McCorkle said: "When I was told this wonderful news by my attorneys words escaped me, but the tears of complete happiness came forth abundantly.

This has happened and we are so happy. She is ecstatic, she is on cloud nine
Diane Forrester, McCorkle's mother

"I am still waking up each morning and pinching myself to make sure I am not dreaming.

"The reality is that I will soon be seeing my loved one's again after so many years of separation and will be meeting all of my new nieces and nephews, which thrills me."

McCorkle's jailing caused outrage in the UK and was also branded "vastly excessive" by human rights campaigners.

The couple's business was investigated by the police after customers, who bought their tapes and courses on how to make money buying and selling repossessed property, complained.

Police then discovered they had hired a Florida mansion and private planes to "emulate a luxurious lifestyle" and used actors.

But human rights campaigners highlighted the fact that all the money was repaid.

McCorkle's husband William admitted full responsibility saying his wife's role was minimal but she has now apologised and it is thought this has led to her transfer being accepted

Her mother Diane Forrester said: "The sentencing was so extreme we never thought we'd see her back here.

"This has happened and we are so happy. She is ecstatic, she is on cloud nine."

Slough MP Fiona Mactaggart said: "We have successfully gone through the procedures in America and the UK.

"There are a few more bits of bureaucracy to go through but Chantal is coming home."



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