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A man who conned pub staff into believing he was TV star Louis Theroux, has today walked free from court despite admitting the crime. Allan Debenham had booked a room at the pub near Ilminster, in the name of the documentary maker.
He even provided staff with a phone number for the BBC's finance department and an order number before they became suspicious.
A man who conned pub staff into believing he was TV star Louis Theroux has been given a one year for fraud and ordered to pay compensation to his victims. Allan Debenham pleaded guilty to two charges of making false representations.
He had booked a room at £70 per night at the Duke of York in Shepton Beauchamp near Ilminster , in the name of the documentary maker .
He provided staff at the pub with a telephone number for the BBC's finance department and an order number, but staff became suspicious and Debenham's con was rumbled.
The court was told Debenham had lost his job, partner and home and didn't have anywhere to go.
His defence solicitor told the court that he had exprssed remorse for any embarrassment caused to Mr Theroux . Debenham defrauded the pub out of £165 the cost of two night accommodation and two bottles of wine. Debenham is now receiving help with his alcohol addiction .
A conman from Taunton is to be sentenced for claiming he was TV star Louis Theroux. Allan Debenham had booked a room in Theroux's name at the Duke of York pub near Ilminster. South Somerset magistrates had earlier convicted him on two fraud charges.