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13 January 2015, 16:29
A 39-year-old man has been sentenced to 27 months' imprisonment after pleading guilty to stealing more than £115,000.
Oliver Trusgnach, of Calle can Marti Feluiu, Palma De Mallorca, Spain, pleaded guilty at Oxford Crown Court on 2 December to 156 charges of theft and forgery.
In 2000, Trusgnach purported to be a man called Oliver Von Meckleburg-Scherwin and successfully applied for a gallery assistant post at a business in Witney.
Over the next three years, he stole cheques and forged signatures to steal £115,775.07 from the company.
He fled the country in 2003 and it was only through subsequent enquiries that his true identity was revealed. A member of the public identified Trusgnach through social media and in 2014, he was detained by Spanish authorities and extradited back to the UK.
Investigating officer Det Sgt Mike West from Banbury Force CID said: "This has been a lengthy and protracted international investigation which resulted in the extradition of Trusgnach and eventual conviction.
"We are pleased with the sentence today, which will hopefully offer the victim some closure."