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Man who faked drowning is out of prison

LONDON, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- A man who resurfaced in London years after he purportedly drowned in a canoe accident in northern England is being released from prison, officials say.

John Darwin, 60, served about three years of a six-year sentence, The Guardian reported. His wife, Anne, remains behind bars.

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Darwin claimed he had been suffering from amnesia when he turned up in December 2007. But his story quickly unraveled, when investigators discovered his wife living in Panama and a photograph of the couple visiting a real estate agent together was posted on line.

He disappeared in March 2002 and had been declared dead, the victim of a canoe accident off the Yorkshire coast.

The Sun published excerpts from Darwin's memoirs in 2009, apparently smuggled out of prison. While officials have not said whether Darwin could publish his memoirs, the Probation Service said those on conditional release face strict conditions.

"They are subject to recall to custody if they breach their conditions or their behavior indicates that it is no longer safe for them to remain in the community," the service said in a statement.

Anne Darwin has been ordered to pay almost $1 million in restitution, while her husband must pay a token amount.

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