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Austrian police in actor photo bungle

Associated Press Associated Press 14/04/2016

Red-faced Austrian police are acknowledging that they published a photo of US actor and TV producer Peter Marc Jacobson by mistake in their search for a suspected fraudster.

Police spokesman Roman Hahslinger said on Wednesday that they circulated Jacobson's photo after it was provided by a woman who said she was defrauded of 46,000 ($A67,791.61).

He said the suspect apparently used a photo of Jacobson in a false identification document he gave the victim and "must look deceptively similar" to him. She wasn't identified in keeping with Austrian confidentiality rules.

Jacobson is best known as the co-creator of the popular US sitcom The Nanny. Hahslinger says he hasn't been in contact over the mix-up, adding Austrian police "cannot know every celebrity in the world".

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