Neil Moore, a convicted fraudster in Wandsworth prison, used an illicit cell phone to concoct an email with bail instructions. Moore, 28, sent the email to prison staff who released him on March 10, 2015. Authorities didn’t realize what had happened until they went to interview him three days later. Moore, from Ilford, East London, eventually turned himself in.
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He then emailed the prison’s custody inbox with instructions for his release.
The court heard Moore registered the bogus website in the name of investigating officer Det Insp Chris Soole, giving the address and contact details for the Royal Courts of Justice.
Prosecutor Ian Paton said: “A lot of criminal ingenuity harbours in the mind of Mr Moore. The case is one of extraordinary criminal inventiveness, deviousness and creativity, all apparently the developed expertise of this defendant”.
The judge, Recorder David Hunt QC, described the behaviour as “ingenious” criminality.
Moore had previously used four different aliases to commit fraud worth £1,819,000 in total.