Conman: The life and crimes of Mark Acklom

This documentary unravels the story and pursuit of elusive conman Mark Acklom.

Starting his criminal career as early as 16, Mark would go on to trick, steal and con people around him for the next 30 years of his life.

He was first jailed in 1991 when he was sentenced to four years in a young offender institution for stealing his father’s American Express card and posing as a stockbroker to commit a £1 million fraud that included obtaining a £446,168 mortgage on a house and hiring private jets.

At the time of the court ruling, he was described by the judge as “utterly selfish and completely ruthless”.

His parents, who informed the police of their son’s activities, sold their house in Bromley and began to rent in order to raise money to help pay off his debts.

Once out of jail, Acklom would continue his criminal tactics and posed as a Swiss banker and a M16 agent, conning his then-girlfriend out of £850,000.

Several of these high profile frauds invited Mark onto Britain’s National Crime Agency’s list of 10 most-wanted fugitive.

To illustrate Acklom’s full story, Sky News’ crime corrospondent Martin Brunt spent four years tracking down Acklom.

Throughout the documentary we’ll witness the harrowing trail of his vast criminal activity and the people he managed to con. It also secures an interview with Acklom himself, who explains why and how he became so elusive.

Conman: The life and crimes of Mark Acklom
  • Info
  • Release date2019
  • Full runtime
  • Director(s)Martin Brunt
  • Production companySky News