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Armed Forces Charity Conman is Jailed for 2 Years

Liam Kissane Dressed as RM Commando

A shameless conman who dressed as a Royal Marine commando to fleece generous members of the public in a cynical charity scam has been jailed for more than two years.

Loner Liam Kissane, 28, developed a fixation for masquerading as a member of the armed forces because it was an easy way to make money, and it earned him respect that he would never otherwise have had.

Kissane, who has served previous prison sentences for the same thing, was caught out when police officers were tipped off about his activities in Ashton town centre, by a man who was suspicious about him.

Pensioner Ian Smith spotted one flaw in the trickster's disguise - the fact that he was not wearing military issue boots.

Outside court, Mr Smith said: "No sentence would have been enough for him. People in Ashton under Lyne, and lads wearing the genuine Queen's uniform would all have wanted to see him put away for longer."

Jailing him at Manchester's Minshull Street Crown Court, Judge Jonathan Geake told him: "You are a manipulative, deceitful and devious criminal.

"This was a mean, cynical and elaborate fraud committed by you, and people like you have to be deterred.

"Members of the public who are prepared to give to decent charities should be protected."

Kissane, of no fixed abode, who dressed immaculately in full Royal Marine uniform including beret, had downloaded military logos from the internet to make a DIY Royal Marines warrant card and military travel pass, and introduced himself as Sergeant Kissane.

He toured pubs and shopping centres with charity boxes and wristbands, making hundreds of pounds for himself.

When arrested, Kissane, whose father had been in the Army, had £345.03p in his rucksack, but the court was told there was no knowing how much he had actually made from his heartless con, and how much had been spent on himself.

Kissane was insistent that he had intended to pass cash he had collected to the Help for Heroes charity.

He even told one bar manager he persuaded to take one of his tins that he had just returned from service in Afghanistan, and hoped to make extra money to help children of servicemen out there.

Judge Geake told him however: "It is very clear from the evidence that this was yet another scam being tried by him as a way of making money for himself."

He told Kissane that he accepted he had long-standing psychological problems and felt a compulsion to wear military uniform.

But he added: "No doubt it gave you some respect from the general public and you felt more comfortable in that skin, but you cannot justify committing that kind of fraud, and it is not the first time you have done it."

The court was told that under his real name of Graham Eckerman, he was jailed in 2004 after posing as a Royal Marine who had been awarded the Victoria Cross, in order to con members of the public in Scotland.

He also carried out a £984 fraud with a stolen bank card and was jailed for six months after pretending to be a Royal Marine and demanding free rail travel.

Eckerman who later changed his name to Liam Kissane after a fictional Army hero in a novel by author Matthew Reilly, had had little stability in his life, and moved around the country, never staying in one place for any length of time.

The court was told that on release from his last prison sentence just a month before his arrest, he had severed all ties in the London area where he had previously lived, and moved north to try his luck in Greater Manchester.

Mark Fireman defending, said his client was not a stupid man, and now wanted to do his best to "grapple" with his condition. Kissane who pleaded guilty to charges of fraud, possessing false identification documents, and making art for use in fraud, has been jailed for a total of 27 months.

Following the case, Det Sgt Claire Platt, said: "It is hard to think how someone would sink as low as this to earn a quick buck. Kissane took full advantage of the goodwill of people who thought they were supporting a worthy cause.

"I would like to praise the vigilant members of the public who raised the alarm. This case illustrates how important it is for us to maintain one of the most important commitments of our Policing Pledge; to have officers visibly patrolling their areas 80 per cent of the time."

Original Story 1 & Original Story 2

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Re: Armed Forces Charity Conman is Jailed for 2 Years
by Samantha Mayhew on Mon 23 May 2011 14:11 BST  |  Permanent Link
Just to let everyone out there know that this conman bastard is now using the name Liam O'Riain and is back up to his old tricks again. Up until Sat he was in Taunton Somerset trying it on again. I know this because I am the unfortunate girl that he picked as his next conquest.

I accidentally found something I shouldn't have at his flat (deedpoll change) and did a little more digging, turns out he is a conman etc (the rest you know) and confronted him! He has now done a runner (no surprise there).

Please watch out for him, he is a very good liar and great with the sob stories!

Liam O'Riain aka Liam Kissane aka Graham Philip Eckman aka Total Scumbag!
Re: Re: Armed Forces Charity Conman is Jailed for 2 Years
by Teflon on Mon 23 May 2011 14:42 BST |  Profile |  Permanent Link
Hi Samantha, might be an idea that you tip off "Det Sgt Claire Platt" and give her a copy of the "Deed Poll Change".......

Also, send a copy/link of this blog to your local newspaper(s) along with a copy of the "Deed Poll Change"...
Re: Re: Re: Armed Forces Charity Conman is Jailed for 2 Years
by Samantha Mayhew on Thu 26 May 2011 17:20 BST  |  Permanent Link
Thanks for that, I have informed the local police in my area and they are looking for him. I gave them all his previous info so am sure they will talk to Det Sgt Platt. When I next speak to the officer dealing with this I will give hime her name in case he hasn't got it already.

Unfortunately I was unable to obtain copies of any of it as I got out of his flat as soon as I could. I went back today and the landlord allowed me in to get my stuff. Again, needless to say he has cleared out just leaving the crap behind so am unable to get any copies of anything.

I am currently trying to find an up to date photo of him which I will give to the local paper along with the story as I think as many people know about this conman the better. Please feel free to email me if you wish.
Re: Re: Re: Re: Armed Forces Charity Conman is Jailed for 2 Years
by jenna55us on Tue 02 Aug 2011 12:29 BST |  Profile |  Permanent Link
i hope they find him he deserves life he lied to me aswell hes evil he lied to me about his family and kids and wife, his ex wife is still alive he had a child i did not know about and then hes got one with me i wish he would get a life sentances so he cant hurt anyone else hope your ok hun :)
Re: Re: Re: Re: Armed Forces Charity Conman is Jailed for 2 Years
by vanessa on Mon 30 Jan 2012 21:57 GMT |  Profile |  Permanent Link
hi sam pls can you get in touch . vanessa
Re: Re: Armed Forces Charity Conman is Jailed for 2 Years
by vanessa on Thu 26 Jan 2012 00:01 GMT |  Profile |  Permanent Link
hi there can u contact me thanks.
Re: Re: Re: Armed Forces Charity Conman is Jailed for 2 Years
by Anonymous on Thu 02 Feb 2012 12:24 GMT  |  Permanent Link
Hi Vanessa

If you want to contact me my email is samanthajane211@aol.com.

Sam
Re: Re: Re: Re: Armed Forces Charity Conman is Jailed for 2 Years
by jenna55us on Mon 06 Feb 2012 00:33 GMT |  Profile |  Permanent Link
heys guys is there any news on this scum?
Re: Re: Re: Armed Forces Charity Conman is Jailed for 2 Years
by Anonymous on Tue 06 Mar 2012 16:54 GMT  |  Permanent Link
Hi Vanessa

Did you still want to get in touch? My email address is on the page.

Sam
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