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Bank sting backfires.

A "clever" swindler who posed as a member of a mega-rich American industrial dynasty has been convicted of trying to pull off a multi-million pound bank sting.

Sloan Dupont (48) attempted to sweet-talk executives in a London branch of the US-based Chase Manhattan Bank into opening an account for what turned out to be a bogus pounds 6 million cheque.

London's Southwark Crown Court heard the draft appeared to have been issued by one of its sister branches in Southern America.

Dupont chose a Friday to pull-off the deception in this country in the hope that as the transatlantic time difference meant "Texas was asleep", the swindle would not be discovered until after the weekend.

Dupont, of Battersea, West London, was found guilty of one count of using a false instrument last December. He was remanded in custody to be sentenced in two weeks.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
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Date:Jul 31, 1999
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