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Saturday, March 20, 2010

The countess and the café

Roundwood Park gazebo and café

Four years in jail for transsexual ‘countess’ who conned council out of £197,000

"Marianne Jonson [born Robert Duxbury], 49, was found guilty of 23 counts of fraud at Harrow crown court after it emerged she was known by 10 other names, including one she claimed was her twin sister. That alter ego was the Countess Mariaska Romanov, who ran a local café [the one in Roundwood Park] and even served as a school governess..." (London Evening Standard)

She even persuaded Louis Theroux to back her campaign to "save the café", which was not even under any threat! Shame about the fraud but what a colourful way to go. Perhaps not guilty on the grounds of insanity, on the face of it?

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