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Wagga born conman to pay $22 000 to dumped woman

04 Feb, 2011 01:00 AM

WAGGA-born conman Andrew Harper has been jailed for nine months and must repay his victims more than $22,000.

Harper was sentenced in the Frankston Magistrates' Court on Wednesday after being convicted of eight counts of obtaining financial advantage by deception and six charges of obtaining property by deception.

The 39-year-old will serve another six months in a Victorian jail after he was arrested on November 17.

The magistrate also ordered Harper to repay $22,195 to his victims after he conned several women with promises of international travel, luxury items and relationships.

Harper was arrested in Glenroy, Victoria, after being recognised by a member of the public and charged with 34 counts of fraud and deception. It was revealed last year that Harper had a number of aliases including Ryan DuPont and Andrew Karlsson and claimed to be a high-profile trepreneur worth $1.6 billion.

Harper allegedly stole thousands of dollars from woman across Australia and the world with victims in Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth as well as Norway, Sweden and the US coming forward.

The now convicted conman was born and raised in Wagga before falling out with his family and it is believed he has a son from a former relationship who lives in the city.

A jilted woman left in Harper's wake even established an internet blog to expose his tactics at

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