It is not surprising that the McCanns, who are not novices in scamming themselves, have been scammed for £500,000 by Oakley International, the firm of private investigators, hired to replace Metodo3. Given that the firm merely man the McCanns hotline, view CCTV footage and chase up false sightings, £500,000 does seem a bit steep. However, part of the price is obviously to play the game of pretending that Madeleine is still alive and out there somewhere.
Date Released: 26/08/2008
In the light of articles in some UK Sunday newspapers this weekend, we feel it is appropriate to comment briefly on our relationship with the investigation company Oakley International.
We appointed them several months ago to investigate the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. We continue to work with them to this end. The working relationship is managed by Brian Kennedy, who also confirms the relationship with Oakley International continues to be good and that it remains entirely focused on the search for Madeleine.
(source Gerry’s blog, Hat-Tip to the mccannfiles)