U.s Bars Saunders the Guinness 'Felon'

Daily Mail (London), April 30, 1997 | Go to article overview

U.s Bars Saunders the Guinness 'Felon'


Byline: PETER ROSE

GUINNESS fraudster Ernest Saunders was thrown out of the U.S. yesterday after allegedly failing to declare that he was a `convicted felon'.

Immigration officials barred him from entering on a business trip and he was being flown home.

Although Britons do not require visas for the U.S. anyone with convictions must declare them to the authorities.

The American Embassy in London said: `We can confirm that Mr Saunders is being removed from the U.S. because he is not considered eligible for entry.'

Saunders, 61, was jailed for five years in 1990 for false accounting, theft and conspiracy in the operation to boost the Guinness share price during the Distillers takeover bid.

The sentence was halved on appeal, but he was freed after only ten months because he was said to have Alzheimer's Disease.

He made an apparently miraculous recovery and is now reputed to earn up to [pounds sterling]800 a day as a business consultant on top of his [pounds sterling]74,000-a-year Guinness pension. …

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