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Conman 'too ill' to attend court sentencing.

A SERIAL conman who posed as the chief operations officer of the Mercedes Formula 1 team to dupe hotel staff has again claimed he is too ill to attend his sentencing.

Stuart Howatson also commit ted fraud by using his supposed position with Northamptonshire based Mercedes to agree to buy computer security systems worth 1.1 million US dollars, PS224,000 and 23,904 euro.

The 37yearold, who was jailed in 2010 for inventing an illustrious police career, is facing further time behind bars after pleading guilty to 12 counts of fraud and a theft.

It is understood the offences between January and September 2014 netted food and accommo dation worth almost PS2,800 at hotels in Kidderminster and Leamington Spa.

Howatson, then living in Bewd ley, Worcestershire, was jailed for 20 months at Hereford Crown Court six years ago after claiming to have served with the Metropoli tan Police as an armed officer, dog handler and a protection officer to the Queen.

The case has been rescheduled for Monday.

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 20, 2016
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