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Man Lies For 30 Years: Gets Paid For Doing It.

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007 at 14:39 by Matt Rhodes

A man who has been posing as a forensic psychologist for nearly thirty years without having any qualifications whatsoever has been found guilty of a series of deception charges.

48 year old Gene Morrison was given over £250,000 of our hard earned tax money as he lied his way through numerous court appearances and written reports.

Having left school with nothing but memories, he spent the next three decades conning judges, barristers, solicitors and policeman into believing he was a valid expert. He bought bogus degrees from the internet and his office contained only a stack of papers and a magnifying glass.

The police are now having to reasses around 700 cases (700!) that Mr Morrison was involved in. The potential for miscarriages of justice is huge and they fear that loads of crims will start appealing against their convictions.

Described rather mildly as a ‘complete charlatan’, Gene was convicted of 20 offences including obtaining a money transfer by deception, obtaining property by deception, perverting the course of justice and… oh what was the other one? Oh yes, perjury!

Good grief. How on earth does something like that happen? Do solicitors just go out on the street and shout: ‘Any forensic psychologists about? Oi! you’ll do mate.’ and drag him into the witness box. I might give it a go. I’ve watched a fair bit of Waking The Dead and stuff like that. I’m sure I’ll be able blag it. How hard can it be?

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