It’s a typ­i­cal case, says in­ves­ti­ga­tor

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FRONT PAGE -

EX­PE­RI­ENCED fraud in­ves­ti­ga­tor Ian Car­man says the Christo­pher Okoro case is typ­i­cal of the kind of de­cep­tion prac­ticed on in­sur­ers.

Ian, 26, has been com­bat­ting in­sur­ance fraud for Royal Sun Al­liance for the past five years, and is now the se­nior claims in­ves­ti­ga­tor for the com­pany in the South East.

His de­part­ment spent nine months in­ves­ti­gat­ing Mr Oroko’s claim, be­fore pass­ing their find­ings to the po­lice.

He said: “It’s a typ­i­cal case of ex­ag­ger­a­tion, where some­one has taken ad­van­tage of a gen­uine loss. In this case there was a gen­uine break in while he was away in Lon­don.

“It was opportunist on his part be­cause he’d been given a crime ref­er­ence num­ber for the break in.”

Mr Car­man added that it was the length of time Okoro took to file his ex­ag­ger­ated in­sur­ance claim - four months - that first alerted sus­pi­cion.

Oroko even­tu­ally claimed that 1,462 CDs, £2,000 in cash, Xbox and Plays­ta­tion video games con­soles and sev­eral items of jew­el­ery had been stolen.

Mr Car­man added: “There’s of­ten been this mis­per­cep­tion that in­sur­ance fraud is low risk and high re­ward, but is was quite the op­po­site in Mr Oroko’s case.

“We are re­ally try­ing to high­light the mes­sage that it is a crime.”

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