A ‘fraudster and conman’ is still on the run - three months after he was sentenced in his absence to four years behind bars.

Cabaret singer and self-proclaimed business expert Simon Levy, 56, flouted a company director ban by helping to set up posh chip shop brand Come Fry With Me with an ex-banker. He was on day release from prison when he met the woman’s boyfriend.

In October, jurors took two hours to convict Levy, of Charlwood Close, Harrow, in his absence of breaching a serious crime prevention order and contravening an order disqualifying him from acting as a company director.

Those orders, imposed after he was jailed in Oxford for three years in 2013 for running a luxury goods business under an alias and despite being an undischarged bankrupt, banned him from taking on the role of a company director, stopped him from having accounts with more than one bank or using multiple names, and required him to explain spending of more than £200.

The court heard Levy had used the name 'David Michaels'. It was under the same name that, in 2016, he released a ‘Live in London’ cabaret album  - covering songs including the Duke Ellington classic ‘Don’t Get Around Much Anymore’.

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Judge Michael Gledhill QC branded the career criminal a ‘fraudster and a conman’ and sentenced him in his absence to four years and four months’ imprisonment.

Officials at Oxford Crown Court confirmed that Levy was still at large.