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Swindler owns up.

A conman who handed himself in four years after fleecing pounds 10,000 from two frail sisters has been spared jail.

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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