British 'Don Juan' jailed for conning millionairess

19th September 2006, Comments 0 comments

LONDON, Sept 18, 2006 (AFP) - A 72-year-old British 'Don Juan' who conned a French millionairess out of her cash was jailed for a year Monday, court officials said.

LONDON, Sept 18, 2006 (AFP) - A 72-year-old British 'Don Juan' who conned a French millionairess out of her cash was jailed for a year Monday, court officials said.

Frank Hogart posed as a globe-trotting international tax lawyer to woo Catherine Daudin, moving in to her apartment and taking over as boss of one of her businesses.

Claiming to speak several languages, he told her he had spent an adventurous childhood in Egypt and Morocco with his father, a Scottish diplomat, Southwark court in London heard.

During a two-year relationship which started in 1998 Daudin said her paramour told her "a web of lies." Playing for pity, he said he was suffering from cancer and said he had had a daughter who died under tragic circumstances.

But her suspicions were raised after he two-timed her with a former girlfriend and a business-related incident, prompting her to call the police.

Hogart, who claimed he was the victim of a woman scorned by his refusal to marry her, did not appear in court to hear his sentence handed down for 13 counts of forgery and five of theft involving more than 60,000 pounds.

But his lawyer said he planned to appeal.

"A custodial sentence to a man of his age and frail health is a shattering blow," said Richard Cannon. "He has always protested his innocence in relation to these matters and continues to do so."

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Subject: French news

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