By Patrick Yost, Editor

Morgan County authorities are awaiting clearance from Texas officials to extradite a British citizen who is not only wanted by the Madison Police Department, but also an international fugitive.

According to Morgan County Sheriff Robert Markley, local officials have approved the extradition of Christopher Bartholomew, 47, to Morgan County from San Antonio, Texas. Bartholomew is wanted by Madison police on an outstanding credit card fraud warrant. He is also wanted by British officials on a similar fraud conviction, Markley said. Markley said Bartholomew has been wanted in England for the last two years after being tried and convicted in absentia on fraud charges.

According to Madison Assistant Police Chief Carl Jones, a Madison merchant in August reported she had been defrauded out of $2,000 by Bartholomew.

Jones said the merchant processed a credit card at her place of business for $2,000 and gave Bartholomew the cash. Jones said the merchant had a personal relationship with Bartholomew and was told by the man that the credit card belonged to a vendor that owed him money. He told the woman that the only way for him to get paid for work was to process the card. Soon after the card was processed, the charge was rejected by the credit card processing company and Bartholomew had fled.

Markley said Bartholomew was arrested last Friday night, Oct. 11, at a San Antonio, Texas, motel by Texas fugitive squad members.

Markley said Morgan County authorities had received a tip regarding Bartholomew’s location and alerted Texas authorities. After surveillance on the motel room, Bartholomew was arrested and detained without incident. Markley said Morgan County authorities are now working with English authorities to produce an international arrest warrant for Bartholomew and begin the process of extraditing him back to England.