£280 bur­glary vic­tim put in £17,000 claim on in­sur­ance

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FRONT PAGE -

WHEN bur­glars broke into a home, the owner put in an in­sur­ance claim to cover prop­erty taken.

But while the value of the stolen DVD player and discs was £280, Christo­pher Okoro in­flated it to over £17,000, a court heard.

Now, the 33-year-old, of Crown­field Road, Ash­ford, has been warned he could be fac­ing a jail sen­tence.

Maid­stone Crown Court heard that Okoro’s home was bur­gled while he was away for the New Year in Jan­uary 2003.

Do­minic Con­nolly, pros­e­cut­ing, said Okoro claimed for “a whole host of items”, in­clud­ing elec­tri­cal goods, jew­ellery and cash that had not gone miss­ing.

He claimed the large amount on his home and con­tents pol­icy with Royal Sun Al­liance, which had a max­i­mum pay-out of £20,000.

Okoro de­nied at­tempt­ing to ob­tain a money trans­fer by de­cep­tion, but was con­victed by a jury on Thurs­day.

He was granted bail un­til sen­tence on March 28.

Miss Recorder Markanza Cudby said the of­fence in­volved a large amount, even though there was no ac­tual loss to the in­sur­ance com­pany.

“All op­tions re­main open and there are no prom­ises it won’t be a cus­to­dial sen­tence,” she said.

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