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Evan Davis talks to Elliot Castro

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First broadcast:
Tuesday 29 November 2011

Evan Davis continues his exploration into deception by talking to those who've had cause to be economical with the truth. Today he talks to convicted fraudster Elliot Castro. Elliot was a teenage credit-card thief who found the buzz he got from lying about his identity was truly addictive.Yet when he was finally caught six years later, it was a relief. He talks to Evan about why he started lying and how it overtook his life, bringing material comfort and excitement but also social isolation. He says his career in fraud lasted so long because he often managed to lie to himself as well as others.

Producer: Lucy Lunt.



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