Swindler owns up.
The spinsters, in their 80s, paid up to a cowboy road gang who spent just a day shoddily resurfacing the driveway of their Hexham home. James Allan worked as a labourer and used his bank account to clear the sisters' cheques.
The 31-year-old left the country soon after the scam in September 2000, settling in Norway.
But he discovered he was wanted on a visit to England late last year.
He flagged down a police car to confess, Newcastle Crown Court heard.
Allan, on bail to a relative's house in Close Street, Carlisle, was yesterday given a suspended 18-month jail sentence. He was also ordered to pay pounds 5,200 compensation.
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|Publication:||Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)|
|Date:||Apr 1, 2005|
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