Fraudster conned way out of prison

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Published: Friday 27th February 2015 by The News Editor

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A fraudster escaped from jail after fooling prison staff into believing he had been released on bail, a court heard.

Neil Moore, 28, was on remand at Wandsworth Prison in south west London, when he sent a letter to wardens posing as the court service.

In it he claimed that he had been granted bail, ensuring he was able to walk out of prison, London’s Southwark Crown Court heard.

But according to Chloe Gardner defending, Moore had “a change of heart” around three or four days later.

“He spoke to his instructed solicitor and surrendered himself,” she added.

Judge John Price said: “He does it and then regrets it – realises it is a silly thing to do.”

Moore had been on remand accused of five counts of fraud, before he made his escape.

He posed as bank staff from Barclays, Lloyds and the Bank of America to dupe major organisation’s such as Cambia Autos and Thomas Global Exchange into handing over between £1.5 million and £2 million between February 2012 and November 2013.

Moore was remanded in custody in relation to these offences on January 21 2014, but by March 10 had set up a website and corresponding email account purporting to be the prison service.

Ian Paton, prosecuting, told London’s Southwark Crown Court: “He acquired bail forms that he adapted for his purposes.”

But within a week of his escape he was back before a judge remanded in custody and sent to a high security wing at Belmarsh Prison.

Detectives initially believed the frauds had been committed by Moore’s transgender partner, Kristen Moore, and she was also charged with fraud, but the charges against her were later dropped.

The court heard that as a result of her being transgender, Ms Moore, who is in a civil partnership with Moore, was not allowed to visit him in prison.

Speaking after the hearing, Detective Inspector Chris Soole said: “This is a very intelligent fraudster. He was very apt at committing a number of different frauds across the globe.

“This investigation shows the Metropolitan Police’s commitment to investigating fraud and ensuring justice for victims.”

Moore from Ilford in Essex, admitted five counts of fraud, and one count of escape from lawful custody.

He will be sentenced on March 27.

Published: Friday 27th February 2015 by The News Editor

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