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King con ex-soldier Johnny Swales 'sold encoded phones to crime gangs'

Cops keen to speak to him about encrypted handsets

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Johnny Swales

Johnny Swales

Michael O'Loughlin

Michael O'Loughlin

Johnny Swales

THIS is the serial conman at the centre of a police probe into the sale of encrypted phones to criminals.

He is ex-soldier Johnny Swales, who has more than 70 convictions and who has changed his name by deed poll at least eight times to steal people's identities for use in fraud.

Detectives are now investigating his role in providing secure Encrochat devices to criminals. The encrypted handsets allowed drug and arms dealers to securely communicate with each other.