When Bennett had his identity stolen, the consequences were devastating. He spent two years trying to clear his name during which time he became penniless and homeless and had to live with family and friends.
Years later Bennett wrote a comedy show about his experience. He perfomed the show; It Wasn’t Me, It Was Bennett Arron at the Edinburgh Festival for what was meant to be a short ten day run. However, due to the overwhelming response and excellent reviews;
As a result of the show, Bennett was asked by Channel 4 to direct and present a documentary on the subject of Fraud and Identity Theft.
In the Documentary, How To Steal An Identity, Bennett proved through a series of stunts, how easy the crime of ID Theft is to carry out. He first stole the identities of the general public and then went on to steal the identity of the Home Secretary. This action resulted in Bennett being arrested in a dawn raid by Scotland Yard under the code-name Operation Hydrogen.
The Documentary was Pick of The Week in The Guardian and The Telegraph and was called ‘Fascinating and Disturbing’ by the TV Times. Bennett went on to be shortlisted for a BAFTA.
Bennett now tours around the world, telling his disturbingly true yet funny account of what it’s like to have your identity stolen and revealing the devastating consequences of making a documentary ‘in the public interest’.
He has spoken at events around the world including Infosec in London, The Palo Alto Conference in Holland, The International Fraud Convention in Italy, The International Congress On Anti-Fraud & Anti-Corruption in Poland and the CISO Security Forum in South Africa. He was also the opening keynote speaker at Auscert in Australia in front of 1500 delegates.