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Last Updated: Wednesday, 17 January 2007, 20:21 GMT
Man 'posed as a forensic expert'
Gene Morrison
Mr Morrison worked as an expert forensic psychologist in court cases
A man got court work as a forensic psychologist after getting work with bogus qualifications, a jury was told.

Gene Morrison, 48, from Martin Street, Hyde, Greater Manchester, used sham degrees from a fake university to help him get the work, it is alleged.

Mr Morrison denies nine charges of obtaining money by deception, three of attempting to obtain property by deception, and three counts of perjury.

Minshull Street Crown Court heard claims he had 20 years' experience.

At the court in Manchester on Wednesday, Mr Morrison also denied eight counts of perverting the course of justice.

He has pleaded guilty to a single count of attempting to pervert the course of justice and one count of perjury.

The jury heard Mr Morrison set up Criminal & Forensic Investigations Bureau and advertised in the Solicitors Journal and on his own website.

He claimed the firm offered 20 years' experience in forensics, psychological examinations, lie detecting, fingerprinting, surveillance and handwriting analysis.

Referring to himself as "Dr Morrison" and "Principal" of the company, the court heard that he had paper degree certificates awarding him a BSc in Forensic Science, a Masters with excellence in Forensic Investigation and a Doctorate in Criminology.

However, the prosecution said that all the qualifications were awarded by Rochville University in America, a fictitious academic institute.

The jury was told that the degrees had in fact been bought from the website 'www.affordabledegrees.com' where customers could also choose the grades for their qualifications.

Mr Neil Flewitt QC, prosecuting, told the court that Mr Morrison - armed with his qualifications - took on work from solicitors defending clients in court then subcontracted it to properly qualified experts.

He then "re-packaged" the resulting reports, presenting the work as his own, and claiming fees, it is alleged.

The trial is expected to last three weeks.


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