A prolific and serial insurance fraudster, Susan Pain, was jailed in 2018 for a bogus insurance claim worth £140,000. The scammer invented a daughter named Sophie, who she claimed was seriously injured during the 2017 Manchester Arena bombing. As a result of this fictitious daughter’s injuries, Pain claimed that she was forced to take time off work. The court heard that she had managed to claim £139,834, over the duration of the insurance scam. The callous fraudster was convicted to two years imprisonment and ordered to repay the amount she had defrauded.
Manchester Arena Bombing Scam
Following an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena, on 22 May 2017, a suicide bomber detonated an improvised explosive device killing 22 people and injuring 139 others. As a director of a firm that sold policies underwritten by AXA, Pain was an experienced insurance broker. However, her propensity for insurance fraud was uncovered with the made-up daughter. Known professionally as Susan Raufer, her former name, Pain made the fraudulent insurance claims in her own name. Yet, insurance firm AXA exposed her scam when they were unable to identify her fictitious daughter among the hundreds who suffered injuries at the Ariana Grande concert. The discovery of this scam exposed a web of lies, weaved by Pain over a seven-year period, comprising a number of insurance scams.
Fraudster Is Ordered to Repay Proceeds of Crime
The prosecution’s Christopher Hopkins argued that Pain had benefitted to the tune of £139,834 over the course of the scam. A confiscation order, targeting Pain’s house and pension, was made. With £88,134 being claimed from the value of the property and further sums to be seized from the perpetrator’s pension, when it becomes available. Under the Proceeds of Crime Applications, prosecutors are able to demand further cash, as it becomes available, regardless of the source of the income.