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Man 'faked credentials' to work
Gene Morrison
Mr Morrison worked as an expert forensic psychologist in court cases
The trial of a man alleged to have got court work as a forensic psychologist after buying fake qualifications has re-started in Manchester.

The first trial involving Gene Morrison of Martin Street, Hyde, had to be abandoned when a juror pulled out.

Mr Morrison, 48, denies nine charges of obtaining money by deception, three of attempting to obtain property by deception, and three counts of perjury.

Mr Morrison also denies 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 at Minshull Street Crown Court was told Mr Morrison set up Criminal & Forensic Investigations Bureau and advertised in the Solicitors Journal and on his own website.

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

Fictitious organisation

However, the court heard that when police visited Mr Morrison's office in January 2005, they saw a certificate hanging on the wall issued by the International Association of Handwriting Experts - a fictitious organisation.

Referring to himself as "Dr Morrison" and "Principal" of the company, the court was also told 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 which was also a fictitious academic institute.

The jury was told that the degrees had in fact been bought from a website on which customers could also choose the grades for their qualifications.

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 four weeks.

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