Aristocrat Impersonator Jailed

Tuesday, 13th January 2015 at 2:18pm

A Belgian man who passed himself off as an aristocrat to steal thousands of pounds from his antiques dealer employer has been jailed.

According to The Telegraph, Oliver Trusgnach, who called himself “His Serene Highness”, has been jailed for 2 years and 3 months after being convicted of stealing more than £115,000 to fund his lavish lifestyle.

He had been appointed gallery manager at the HW Harvey antiques shop in Witney, Oxon., in May 2000 where he built up the trust of his boss and was allowed to take cheques to the bank to be cashed.

However, instead of cashing the cheques as ordered, Trusgnach would create false invoices and forge signatures to put the cash into one of his own four accounts.

David Harvey, who has run the business since his father retired, said he had no idea of Trusgnach’s real name until his arrest.

He had been approached by His Serene Highness Prince Oliver von Mecklenburg-Schwerin who had an “impeccable CV” including work at Blenheim Palace.

He added: “His CV was wonderful, fabulous even. It showed he had been to university in Germany, that he had served his time with the armed forces and he had worked in a number of different industries.”

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