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Sunday 25 June 2017

Two years for con man who posed as his dead brother

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A man who posed as his late brother so he could buy a house has been jailed for two years.

Judge Martin Nolan described Anthony Perry (51) as a "shameless con man".

He was convicted by a jury at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court last month of forgery and theft.

During the trial, lawyers for Perry presented medical evidence that he had had a personality change and was unable to stop himself acting as his brother, but Judge Nolan ruled this evidence inadmissible.

Perry's fake identity only came to light after the house burned down.

The judge said the fire was caused maliciously by unknown third parties and had nothing to do with Perry.

Perry, of Victoria Street, Portobello, Dublin, and formerly of Clonmullen Hall, Edenderry, Co Offaly, had pleaded not guilty to eight counts of theft and fraud.

Detective Garda Siobhan Moore said Perry applied for a birth certificate in the name of his brother William.

In April 2006 he used this to get a passport at Ballyfermot Garda Station and used the passport to set up a bank account in the false name.

Suspicious

In 2007 he used his fake identity and account to apply successfully for a €300,000 mortgage from Start Mortgages.

Perry used the money to buy a house and granny flat in Offaly.

In August 2008 the house and flat burned down in a fire and Perry made a claim on the insurance policies.

FBD Insurance paid out €304,216 but this payment was repudiated after investigators became suspicious of Perry's identity.

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