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