A convicted fraudster used an “ingenious” escape plot to trick prison officers into letting him go free, a court has heard.
Wandsworth prisoner Neil Moore was on remand when he used an illicit mobile phone to create a fake email account.
He posed as a senior court clerk and sent bail instructions to prison staff, who released him on 10 March 2014.
His deception was uncovered when solicitors went to interview him three days later, only to find him gone.
Moore, 28, from Ilford, east London, handed himself in three days later.
Southwark Crown Court heard he had set up a fake web domain which closely resembled that of the court service’s official address.
He then emailed the prison’s custody inbox with instructions for his release.
The court heard Moore registered the bogus website in the name of investigating officer Det Insp Chris Soole, giving the address and contact details for the Royal Courts of Justice.