Infamous chopper jail breaker facing fraud charges
A MAN at the centre of one of Sydney's most infamous prison escapes, when he was spirited out of Silverwater jail 20 years ago in a helicopter hijacked by his lover, has been charged over his alleged role in an identity theft scam.
John Killick, 76, who spent 45 days on the run after his Russian lover Lucy Dudko broke him out of jail in 1999, was charged on Tuesday with knowingly dealing with proceeds of crime, dishonestly obtaining property by deception, and goods suspected stolen in premises.
Killick is the sixth person to be charged as a member of the bold fraud syndicate, with three women - aged 28, 39 and 42 - receiving bail to reappear in court, and two men - 46, and 56 - behind bars.
He is due to appear at Central Local Court on October 11.
Killick spent 15 years in jail for multiple armed robberies before being paroled in 2014 to live with his ex-wife Gloria at a house in Milsons Point - the same property raided last month by detectives investigating the alleged fraud ring.
His ex-wife has not been charged over the identity theft scam.
Killick published a book last year - The Last Escape - saying that while many deemed the escape "successful", he considered it a failure.
Dudko was sentenced to 10 years in jail and wrote 4500 love letters to Killick while inside.