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Monday, March 30, 2015

Neil Moore, escapee extraordinaire

Wandsworth prison, South London

It's a pity Neil Moore's brain wasn't put to better use.  This clever young man could have done a lot of good for his fellow man but instead, he chose a different path.

Neil Moore pulled off the perfect escape plan after emailing fake bail instructions to staff.  The 28 year old set up a fake web domain which looked exactly like the official Southwark Crown Court website.

The bogus website was then registered in the name of Chris Soole, a Scotland Yard Detective Inspector and gave the contact details of the Royal Courts of Justice.  

Posing as a senior clerk, he emailed the prison's custody inbox with fake instructions for his bail release.  And then he walked out of one of Britain's most secure prisons - Wandsworth in South London.  Wardens only discovered the mistake when Moore's solicitor turned up for a meeting.

But he couldn't have done it without the help of a mobile phone and one was smuggled in to him last Spring.

Moore, who is originally from Trinidad and Tobago and currently from Ilford, Essex, had at least four different aliases and police are still unsure which one is real.

He posed as bank staff from Barclays, Lloyds, and the Bank of America to fool large companies in the UK and US, including Thomas Exchange Global, into handing over almost 2 million pounds between February 2012 and November 2013.

But we are left wondering why, after three days of freedom, he chose to hand himself into police.