CONMAN HAD SEX AND CV ON HIS MIND – Tuesday January 22 2013

– This is Benjamin Lord – an unemployed call centre operator who claimed to be a federal police officer and ASIO agent to get sex from a fellow prison inmate, a court has heard.

Lord, 31, of Ashwood, claimed to know powerful people, including Prime Minister Julia Gillard and County Court Chief Judge Michael Rozenes.

He pleaded guilty in the County Court on Monday to two counts of impersonating a public official with the intention of obtaining sexual services and two counts of obtaining a financial advantage by deception.

He faces a maximum penalty of ten years’ jail.

Prosecutor Michelle Sewell told the court Lord’s victim, who cannot be named, was 28 when jailed in 2009 for 15 months for drug offences.

The court was not told why Lord was also in prison at that time.

Ms Sewell said he told his victim he was an undercover federal agent who had been in prison to investigate the victim’s female co-accused.

He promise to help the victim get out early on parole and made calls from prison claiming to be discussing the victim’s case with court officials.

Lord even claimed to know the victim’s sentencing judge.

In July 2009, he demanded the victim allow him to take hair samples from his chest so the Australian Federal Police forensic department could analyse them to ensure the victim had not been taking drugs. After Lord was released from prison in September 2009, he would visit the victim in jail and continue to take hair samples.

Ms Sewell said that on occasion when Lord was still in prison he would conduct a strip and cavity search of his victim. The prosecutor said it was alleged that as a result of Lord’s offending, sexual services were obtained.

When the victim’s stepfather rang the AFP to check if Lord worked there, the agency told him it had no record of Lord.

In January 2010, Lord told the victim his AFP job had been terminated but he was now a commander at ASIO working in counter-intelligence.

When the victim was released from prison in 2010, Lord told him part of his parole conditions was to love with him in a granny flat at Ashwood.

Lord ordered the victim to write letters to him and pressured him to tell him he loved him.

Judge Julie Nicholson said it appeared Lord had been involved in an extensive effort to control the victim in every respect.

The plea hearing resumes on Wednesday – Mark Russell


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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