Founder of tech firm “Autonomy” extradited to USA in criminal case

British tech entrepreneur Mike Lynch has been extradited to the US to face criminal charges over the $11bn sale of his firm Autonomy to Hewlett-Packard.

Mr Lynch – once dubbed “Britain’s Bill Gates” after the Microsoft co-founder – will stand trial on charges including fraud, which he denies.

He is accused of overinflating the value of his software firm when he sold it to HP in 2011.

The Home Office confirmed that Mr Lynch was extradited to the USA in MAy 2023. The 57-year-old businessman, who is a founding investor in the UK cyber-security firm Darktrace, has long fought attempts by US prosecutors to stand trial in America.

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