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Con artist Foley is held in custody
Ashton Foley. File picture: Ian Munro/The West Australian

Runaway con artist Ashton Foley was in police custody last night after being arrested by Victorian detectives east of Melbourne.

It is understood the arrest relates to an offence committed in Melbourne before she was employed as the chief operating officer of Peel Health Campus in Mandurah last year.

Mrs Foley became a whistleblower against the hospital before her fraudulent past was exposed by _The West Australian _this month.

"Police can confirm that a 40-year-old Hawthorn woman was arrested at a residential address in Lindamay Court, Lake Bunga, around 10am this morning," a Victorian Police statement said.

"She was arrested on a warrant for breaching a community based order and has been remanded to appear at Bairnsdale Magistrate's Court."

Despite media reports, WA Police said they have made no extradition request to Victoria and Mrs Foley is not facing charges in WA at this stage. PHC has made an official complaint to the WA fraud squad alleging she falsified her academic qualifications to get the job.

This month, _The West Australian _travelled to Victoria and the rural property four hours from Melbourne where Mrs Foley was last living with her husband Wayne and their four children.

Mr Foley claimed his wife had left Australia for the US where she wanted to clear up an outstanding fraud matter.

That fraud case resulted in her arrest and detention in 2008 under the name Michelle Marie Foley.

Her criminal background was uncovered by _The West Australian _three weeks ago, despite Mrs Foley's attempts to stop the truth about her past being published.

After Mrs Foley confessed to the fraud matter on Seven News, she lost her latest job as the chief executive of Orbost Regional Health Service in Victoria.

The West Australian

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