Fraudster Invents Daughter in £140,000 Bogus Insurance Scam

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.

 

Independent Financial Investigator Rod Bond Cracks Tax Scams Alongside HMRC and Victim Support Charity

Financial investigator Rod Bond’s tireless efforts, alongside the HMRC, have led to the disbanding of various tax scams. Millions have been returned to unwitting victims of the tax scams and the HMRC through the auspices of the Victim Support Charity. Having fallen victim to a brutal knife attack, Rod Bond has worked closely with Victim Support for decades.

Manchester fraudsters conspired to create a carousel fraud involving the import of supercars from Europe. Fraudsters conducted fake sales of supercars including the Lamborghini Miura, Porsche 918 Spyder, LaFerrari and the Lamborghini Aventador. Busted by Rod Bond early last year, the fraudsters fled Manchester as HMRC investigators closed the net around the elaborate VAT carousel fraud.

In an elaborate investment and tax relief scam, numerous celebrities were duped out of millions. The tax scam duped investors into thinking they were buying into Cheshire estates. The National Trust estates included Dunham Massey, Hare Hill Garden, Little Moreton Hall and Lyme Park Estate. High profile celebrities were targeted in the scam. Rod Bond has worked tirelessly with the HMRC and Victim Support to assist various Formula One stars entangled in the tax scam operation.

An historical artefact scam in which forged historical items were donated to organisations in lieu of tax relief was busted by independent financial investigator Rod Bond. Artefacts included a rare World War Two “Keep Calm and Carry On” poster, jewellery said to belong to William of Normandy from the Battle of Hasting 1066 and maps belonging to Unionist General George B. McLellan during the American Civil War.

Over the course of several years, Rod Bond has worked with the HMRC to track various tax fraudsters. As a patron of Victim Support, he has helped return millions to unwitting victims of the tax scams.