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NAMED&SHAMED; Conman with 17 aliases banned.

Byline: STEPHEN WHITE

A FRAUDSTER who used 17 aliases to pull off a pounds 300,000 scam has become the first person to be banned from changing his name.

John Deeds, 44, hid behind a string of identities, including those of women, to rip off credit and insurance firms.

He changed his name by deed poll six times - his latest inspired by actor Martin Shaw's TV judge, John Deed.

The sneering swindler also stole the names of 11 other people including friends and an elderly stroke victim. Now he has been jailed for 40 months after admitting 12 charges of fraud, perverting the course of justice and retaining unlawful credit.

He also got a landmark Serious Crime Prevention Order which stops him from changing his name, applying for credit and limits him to one bank account.

Det Insp Dave Pester said: "It's the first time we've used this legislation."

Deeds, of Manchester, fraudulently bagged pounds 288,000 from 2007 to 2011.

Born Anthony Wolff, he used the cash to set up partner Stephen Fitzgerald, 26, in a pub. It was kitted out with stolen TVs. Fitzgerald got a 40-week suspended sentence for fraud.

Deeds stole the names of Ros Carter, Robert Hunt, David Heard, Gary Jacobs, Mark Davies, Patrick Coolican, Patricia Coolican, Jason Royal, Adam Brookes, Gary Knowles and Alan Brookes. He faces five years' jail if he flouts the order, Manchester crown court heard.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 23, 2012
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