User adding false information to the site

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A user has been adding false info about characters' ethnicities on IMDB and several user-edited websites such as Wikipedia, Wikia Fansites and TV Tropes, and he's admitted as much. For some reason he believed that it was okay for him to start his own rumors and "conspiracies",

Most of these characters are quite obscure, so it had gone mostly unnoticed on these sites, until a user noticed some suspicious information on TV Tropes, claiming Karen from  Frosty the Snowman (1969) is part-Polish and part-Vietnamese, which he brought up on an advice thread over there. Doing some research for evidence only led to sites that the user had also been editing with the fake info to, including this one. Over here he added a trivia entry, along the lines of "According to Wikipedia and TV Tropes, Karen is of Vietnamese descent". 

He was suspended on TV Tropes, and reporting him on Wikipedia led him to revert all of his additions, before he added them back again with the edit reason "take with a grain of salt", reverting them again when told that was a bad idea.

I'm not able to see who added the fake-info here, so I don't know all of the pages that are affected. But I know he added fake Trivia information to Frosty the Snowman (1969) and Atomic Betty, whose character he claimed was of Kazakh descent, and also added Kazakhstan to the show's country of origin and language fields. Some of it is still on the page. I'm not familiar with any of those, but there's no real evidence for his claims, and people on other sites more familiar with them are skeptical. If any mods or admins here are able to, it will probably be a good idea check all of the user's edits for accuracy. On Wikipedia, he said that he'd fix everything here and on the other sites himself, but I'm not sure if he actually followed through with that or not.

This is the relevant TV Tropes thread.
And the stuff on Wikipedia.

Edit: And I know this is pretty trivial stuff, but I like data on these sites to be accurate.
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Can I only trust Encyclopedia Britannica from now on.... this false news /info is rife. Is there not a way to stop this. destroying IMDb credibility for all info to be correct above reproach.
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Thanks for reporting Joshua D, we've cut a ticket to investigate and remove all of the fraudulent data.
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Joshua D

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Great, thanks.