UKs most wanted woman busted on dog walk in Spain now heading to British jail

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Britain's "Most Wanted" woman is due to be flown back to the UK in the next few days after losing her fight against extradition.

Sarah Panitzke had requested Spanish judges to reject a UK extradition application, which would have seen her serve her eight-year prison sentence over a multi-million pound VAT fraud in Spain.

However judges rejected the appeal and the woman is now serving her final days in prison near Madrid before beginning her jail term in Britain, Mail Online reports.

The 48-year-old will have two months taken off her time due to the days she has already spent behind bars in Spain.

Panitzke's arrest at the end of February made headlines in the UK and Spain as she became the only woman to feature on the National Crime Agency's Most Wanted List.

The Yorkshire-born fraudster had been living for seven years with fake Italian ID named Antonietta Argiulo, it was revealed today.

She had been hiding out in a three-bed maisonette just outside the small town of Santa Barbara in the province of Tarragona south of Barcelona.

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Defence lawyers battled against her extradition to the UK by claiming she had strong links to Spain and had lived there since the mid-nineties.

They also said she had married a local man 17 years ago, who had a life expectancy of just 10 years because of a liver transplant – meaning he would not be able to visit her in the UK.

A court source said: "Sarah's extradition has not happened yet but it will take place within days."

Panitzke was sentenced to eight years in jail in August 2013 for laundering a whopping £1 billion in a huge mobile phone VAT fraud after she vanished during her trial at at Kingston Crown Court.

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