'Dead' Canoeist Reappears Again—in Court

Seeking help, police release photo from fraudulent passport
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 10, 2007 3:20 PM CST
'Dead' Canoeist Reappears Again—in Court
The right hand house is where missing man John Darwin lived and which his wife sold, also the left hand house is alleged to have been owned by John and his wife in Seaton Carew northern England. Friday Dec. 7, 2007, John Darwin was reported missing more than five years ago and the last trace of Darwin...   (Associated Press)

The British man who faked his own death in a canoeing accident only to resurface 5 years later appeared in court today to face formal charges of fraudulently obtaining a life insurance policy and lying to procure a passport, the Telegraph reports. A hearing date of February 4 was set for John Darwin, who spoke only to confirm his identity.

In an open call for information about his activities since he supposedly disappeared, police released a photo of Darwin as he appeared while living under the alias “John Jones.” As Jones, Darwin is said to have traveled widely, even passing into and out of Britain. "We've got calls coming in from across the globe," said one police officer. "God only knows where he's been." (More fraud stories.)

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