CANOE man John Darwin is a paranoid wreck after being abandoned by his entire family, his best friend has claimed.
The fraudster, 60, is said to be living like a recluse in Easington for fear of breaking his strict licence conditions and being sent back to jail.
His wife Anne – also jailed over the scam – wants nothing to do with him and his two sons have also broken off all contact, it was reported.
Darwin’s pal Paul Wager, 61, said he and wife Julia are the only contacts the ex-prison officer still has.
The car salesman said: “His wife wants nothing to do with him. His children don’t want to know and, to be honest, he has nobody to turn to.
“We’re the only friends to stick by him and be there for him throughout his time in jail. John is in a terrible state. He’s paranoid about being found because of the bail conditions.”
As part of his early release, Darwin, who rents a place in Easington, is not allowed to talk to the media.