A man has been sentenced after making exaggerated insurance claims worth more than £240,000.
Alex Markham, 40, Manchester pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation and lying about details of stolen filming equipment in order to make a claim.
In May 2017, Markham reported his storage unit had been burgled and later submitted a claims to his insurer, stating that film production equipment, valued at around £17,000 each, was missing.
The insurer in question passed the case onto the Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department and Markham later admitted that, while he had been the victim of a burglary, he had lied about some of the items that were stolen.
The fraudster’s initial inflated claim amounted to £248,482 but the true value of the property that was stolen with £47,573.
City of London Police detective constable Kim Negus, who led the Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department’s investigation, said: “Markham thought he could get away with exaggerating his burglary claim, but he saw sense and admitted his crime.
“Thanks to the work of our Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department, the full extent of Markham’s actions were revealed and he has been dealt a fitting punishment.”
In a later interview with IFED officers, Markham admitted that he’d used PDF software to amend details of the supporting purchase invoices to support his exaggerated claim.
He was sentenced to 10 months imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, and given 235 hours unpaid work to be completed in the next 12 months. Markham was also ordered to pay £340 for costs to the court and a victim surcharge of £140.
“No matter what tough circumstances people find themselves in, they should never turn to crime in an attempt to better their situation,” Negus continued.
“Crime never pays and ultimately you will be paying the cost.”
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