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Louis Theroux lookalike sentenced over con

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Jun 26, 2013 | 8:35am EDT

A homeless man has been sentenced for posing as British documentary maker Louis Theroux and tricking staff at a bar into letting him stay overnight. Allan Debenham booked two nights at the Duke of York in Somerset, England, claiming he was Theroux, who is best known for examining controversial subjects including porn stars and the controversial U.S. religious organisation Westboro Baptist Church. Debenham insisted bosses at the BBC would cover his costs, but he aroused suspicion during his stay when he rang from his room to request cigarettes and bottles of wine. The 39 year old, who suffers from a drinking problem, pleaded guilty earlier this month (Jun13) to making a false representation, and has been ordered to pay $256 (£165) to the pub. He was also slapped with a 12-month community sentence. The real Theroux was clearly amused by the case, tweeting, "I love that it wasn't his appearance that tipped them off but the fact that he asked for 'fags' not 'cigarettes'... I am partial to a bottle of cava though."

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