NEWS: Extradition hearing date set in Goddard US Soybean charge

Bow Street magistrates will decide in December whether a former London agency boss accused of swindling US taxpayers out of dollars 300,000 should be extradited to Washington to face fraud charges.

Bow Street magistrates will decide in December whether a former London

agency boss accused of swindling US taxpayers out of dollars 300,000

should be extradited to Washington to face fraud charges.



A three-day hearing due to begin on 2 December culminates a three-year

investigation of Sue Goddard by Scotland Yard detectives and FBI agents.



The probe began after the collapse of Goddard Niklas Delaney DeRoos in

1991, shortly after it was fired by the American Soybean Association -

its only client - from running its pounds 5 million UK marketing

communications programme.



In 1992 the association, which is partly funded by the US government,

was granted a dollars 1 million High Court judgment against the agency

and its principals following allegations that supplier invoices had been

altered. But the association, based in St Louis, Missouri, has yet to

see its money.



Now Department of Justice officials in Washington are asking the British

courts to allow Goddard to be extradited to the US in the custody of

federal marshals to face fraud charges.



Goddard has been on bail, ordered to surrender her passport and to live

at her Surrey home since the application first went before Bow Street

Court in October of last year.



But even if magistrates allow the extradition application, Goddard would

have the option of fighting the order all the way to the House of Lords,

a process that could take between a year and 18 months.



The American Soybean Association has not promoted its products in

Britain since breaking with Goddard Niklas.