CNBC reports that, according to a source, Allen Stanford, who was charged yesterday with perpetrating an $8 billion fraud, tried unsuccessfully to get a one-way flight out of the U.S. to Antigua.
Says the business channel:
R. Allen Stanford tried to arrange the direct flight to Antigua, here his offshore banking operations are based. He contacted a private jet owner and attempted to pay for the flight with a credit card, but was refused because the company would only accept a wire transfer, a source in the private jet industry said.
The suggestion that Stanford may still be on U.S. soil could be encouraging for those hoping to see the flamboyant cricket-loving billionaire brought to justice. There has been speculation in the last 24 hours that he may already have scarpered to Latin America or elsewhere.