From: Reuters
Published December 8, 2007 12:15 PM

Police charge back-from-dead British canoeist

LONDON (Reuters) - A man who was declared dead after a canoeing accident five years ago was charged by police on Saturday with obtaining money by deception and making a false declaration.

"This afternoon the CPS (Crown Prosecution Service) have authorized Cleveland Police to charge 57-year-old John Ronald Darwin with offences of obtaining money transfer by deception and making an untrue statement to procure a passport," a police spokesman said.

The charges come after a week that began with Darwin walking into a London police station claiming amnesia and ended with his wife Anne telling newspapers she had been sheltering him at the family home.

(Reporting by Jeremy Lovell; Editing by Caroline Drees)

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