It’s a typical case, says investigator
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.”