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Did a Boat Racing Champ Fake His Own Death?

Police question disappearance of Andrew Biddle
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 6, 2014 12:42 PM CDT
Did a Boat Racing Champ Fake His Own Death?
Boats navigate a turn during the first heat of the Atlantic City Offshore Grand Prix powerboat races in Atlantic City, N.J., Sunday, June 22, 2014.   (AP Photo/The Press of Atlantic City, Ben Fogletto)

(Newser) – A champion boat racer went missing after a boat crash last month, but police don't think he's dead. No, according to a flyer officers distributed, which was picked up by the Press of Atlantic City, Andrew Biddle is likely "alive and well and on the run." The 44-year-old is apparently in all kinds of trouble that might make him flee, Deadspin reports. He co-owns a company called Professional Boat Sales, and was arrested in February over the "fraudulent sale of a boat," the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

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He's also been accused of selling a used motor as new and writing tens of thousands of dollars' worth of bad checks. When Biddle's boat crashed off New Jersey last month, the man who'd accompanied him managed to swim to shore. "We conducted a nearly 20-hour search, but after exhausting all resources, the chances for survival based on water temperature and time in the water is slim," a Coast Guard official told the Current. Biddle's attorney told reporters that their questions were "the first I've heard" of the story, the Press reports. Earlier this year, a banker faked his own death, and apparently managed to convince even his family. (Read more boating stories.)

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