A prestigious team of fugitive hunter’s captured Peter Foster, an Australian conman. This six-month-old was accused of having skipped court and committed a cryptocurrency crime worth a million dollars.

Officers from the Australian Federal Police broke down the doors of the house where the 58 year-old lived near Gisborne, Victoria. They found him naked and dressed in track pants with a white T-shirt.

Foster was placed under arrest by the Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team, which is heavily armed. He was then dragged off.

Pictures of the raid reveal him writhing as the officers descend upon the rural property.

Notorious Australian conman Peter Foster (pictured) was captured by an elite team of 'fugitive hunters' six months after he allegedly skipped court charged with a million-dollar cryptocurrency scam.

After being charged in an alleged million-dollar scam with cryptocurrency, Peter Foster (pictured), a prominent Australian conman was captured by a elite team of fugitive hunter.

Images of the dramatic raid show Foster quivering on the floor (pictured0 as officers descend on the rural premises

Photographs of Foster quivering as officers descend onto the rural properties during the dramatic raid are shown.

Foster was not present in court to face fraud-related charges. An electronic tracker also stopped sending signals. 

At the time, his lawyer admitted to him that he did not know where his client was.

Foster is being accused of conniving $1.7 million worth of Bitcoin from a Hong Kong retired pilot as part of a sports betting fraud.

AFP Assistant Commissioner Nigel Ryan explained that this arrest is meant to be a warning for the most dangerous and sought-after fugitives living in Australia.

He stated that AFP’s most advanced technical and forensic capabilities are again proving to criminals that there’s no place to hide.

“There’s no safe place for Australian criminals. With our partners agencies, the AFP works tirelessly to ensure that criminals are tried and brought to justice.

“The FAST arrest continues to show the strong relationships between the AFP and state and territory police when it comes to fighting transnational, serious, and organized crime.” 

Peter Foster, a notorious conman, has been arrested six months after he allegedly skipped court while facing fraud-related charges (pictured during his arrest in August last year)

Peter Foster is a famous con man who was arrested 6 months ago after he skipped court and faced fraud-related charges. This photo was taken in August 2013.

Foster – using the alias Bill Dawson – allegedly promised a series of investors including pilot Konstantinos ‘Dino’ Stylianopoulosas ‘guaranteed returns’ on their money by having a mathematician predict the outcome of sports matches.

Prosecutors say Stylianopoulosas transferred Foster $2 million in cryptocurrency over the course of nine months between 2019 and 2020, in amounts ranging from $126,000 to $890,000.

However, investors claim that their money evaporated after investing in Sports Predictions. Prosecutors also allege that there were no wagers placed on the company and instead, the money was diverted to Foster.

The alleged con was discovered by police when Stylianopoulosas reached out to IFW Global’s team of investigators. They then assisted officers in tracking Foster down.

He was tracked down and taken to Far North Queensland. In August, he was dramatically arrested.

Foster outside court on April 22. The case against him involves allegations he conned $1.7million in Bitcoin out of a retired pilot in Hong Kong as part of a sports betting scam

Foster outside court on April 22. Foster outside court on April 22.

IFW Global captured footage of Foster’s arrest. It showed two officers in jogger costumes running toward Foster before they tackled him to the ground. 

Because the crypto exchange that was used to make the transactions was located in NSW, the case was transferred to NSW. 

Foster was released by bail after the hearing, but Foster was placed under house arrest.

That hearing took place on May 20, with Foster’s lawyer Justin Lewis telling the court the pair met in his office in Sydney that day at 11.30am.

Foster said Foster promised him he’d show up but Foster wasn’t there by 2pm. Foster couldn’t be reached due to his bail conditions.

The Australian Federal Police said Foster, 59, was arrested near the Victorian town of Gisborne in the state's Macedon Ranges after a six month search

After a six-month search, Foster was found near Gisborne, Victoria, in Australia’s Macedon Ranges.

Foster was infamy when he started ‘Cheriegate” in 2002 after it became public that he helped Tony Blair’s spouse buy two houses at a discount. 

Cherie at first denied Foster was part of the agreement. Foster was an experienced fraudster and had already served time in jail in the UK. But after Daily Mail published emails between them, she was forced into an apology.

Foster did not disappear this year while in serious legal trouble.

In the 1980s, while marketing tea that claimed to be an ancient Chinese weight-loss secret, he moved from Australia to the UK, then the US, setting up several companies to sell the tea.

Foster pictured outside court in September 2019. He was dramatically arrested in August last year after being tracked down to a beach in far north Queensland

Foster outside the courtroom in September 2019. After being tracked to far northern Queensland beaches, Foster was arrested and taken into custody.

Peter Foster is pictured leaving the Downing Centre District Court, in Sydney in April.

Peter Foster, seen leaving Downing Centre District Court (Sydney), April. 

Foster outside a Gold Coast court in 2012. He was arrested for the first time in 1983 for a fake £40,000 insurance claim over a cancelled boxing match

Foster in front of a Gold Coast court, 2012. He was arrested for the first time at the age of 20 for a fake £40,000 insurance claim over a cancelled boxing match

Foster actually made ordinary black tea. Each time Foster was investigated, Foster set up a new company. In the US, Foster was finally jailed for his fraud.

Foster had already served jail time for fraud when he helped Cherie Blair, the wife of former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, buy two cut-price homes in 2002

Foster, who was serving time in jail for fraud, helped Cherie Blair, the ex-Prime Minister of UK Tony Blair, to purchase two low-price houses in 2002.

In the 1990’s, he returned to Britain and was again jailed for using a ‘thigh-reduction cream’. However, he fled while on day release to return to Australia.

His British warrant for arrest in Australia led to him being abducted again.

After spending time in Fiji, 2001, he came back to Britain and began dating Carole Caplin. Carole Caplin was Cherie Blair’s style guru at that point.

Carole introduced Foster to Cherie. She helped her wife, the Prime Minister, purchase two properties in Bristol for a discounted rate.

Cherie denied Foster involvement when the deal was revealed. However, the Daily Mail printed emails that were exchanged between Foster and Cherie.

They were a pair. Cherie called Foster “a star” and said to him that they’re all on the same wavelength.

Cherie, who was shocked to learn about Foster’s past, offered a sincere public apology.

She said that “Some balls are dropped” because there isn’t enough time in the day.


Early Years

Foster started promoting boxing matches and nightclubs on the Gold Coast as a youngster in the late 70s. He tried to sell tickets for the Muhammad Ali fight in Australia, but was later declared bankrupt. In Britain, he was fined $A100,000.

The Slimming Teas

Foster was determined to continue his promotion of the’slimming Bai Lin Tea’. Foster met a few high-profile British ladies who were not deterred. After he fled Britain, Foster fraudulently re-marketed his product in the USA as Chow Low Tea. When he was released in 1995, he was again imprisoned in Britain.


Foster caused two weeks of chaos for Tony Blair, the British Prime Minister. He became Cherie Blair’s financial advisor in 2002. Carole Caplin and Foster, his confidante, were’middlemen’ to Mrs Blair when they helped with the purchase of two flats at Bristol.

Fijian Follies

Foster was questioned by the local police for forged documents regarding his criminal past. He stripped down to his bottoms and dived from a bridge into a stream, but he hit his head against a boat. Foster is eventually captured.

Then, he goes on hunger strike and prevents hospital staff from turning him in to the police. He then eludes Vanuatu by boat while he is being held on bail.

Slim Pickings

Federal Court declares Foster bankrupt in January 2018, after he refused to pay the court costs for SensaSlim weight loss scam. 

He was held in jail in 2014 after he failed to appear in court for SensaSlim. Before that, he had been hiding around a year on a property close to Byron Bay.

Sport Rorts

Foster arrived six hours late for his October 2018 sentencing in Sydney after he was sentenced to possessing an Irish passport to obtain an offshore gambling license to trade in sports. 

The lawyer for his client stated to the court that his delay was due to food poisoning.