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Fitter's greed ends in jail.

A greedy housebuyer blew thousands of pounds on booze, drugs and gambling after a printing error left him pounds 37,000 richer.

As reported in later editions of last night's Chronicle, Brian Liddle was owed pounds 4,079 from his solicitors after he bought his home in Mill Lane, Hebburn, South Tyneside, but a written comma appeared to payroll staff to be the figure 1 so he was paid pounds 41,079.

But instead of coming clean, the ceiling fitter kept quiet, withdrew the lot in one go, and blew the cash on drinks, drugs and gambling, Newcastle Crown Court heard.

Almost a month after the error, solicitors realised they had overpaid Liddle and telephoned him.

He asked them to call back the next day, and immediately phoned police to pretend he had been burgled.

Detectives came to take a statement and when the solicitors rang back the next day he told them the cash had been stolen.

The 32-year-old was jailed for two years after admitting retaining a wrongful credit and perverting justice.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 9, 2007
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