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Identity thief receives jail term
A student involved in stealing people's identities to obtain thousands of pounds has been jailed for 18 months.

Liverpool University psychology student Allen Chimoto opened false bank accounts and used other people's names to apply for loans, the court heard.

The 24-year-old, who had a flat in Toxteth, was exposed when a Halifax bank worker became suspicious.

Chimoto admitted obtaining money by deception but claimed he had only received 1,000 in one transaction.

'Cog in wheel'

Police found documents at Chimoto's flat in Rhiwlas Street linking him to the identity theft.

Chimoto told Liverpool Crown Court that he became involved because he was experiencing financial difficulties.

However this was not accepted by Judge Denis Clark, who called him "a cog in a very big conspiratorial wheel with many people involved".

"You did not do all this travelling and running around for some modest reward," he said.

Chimoto was also banned from driving for 18 months.

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