£½m ca­noe fraud cash clawed back

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MORE than £500,000 has been clawed back from Anne Dar­win, the wife of ca­noe con­man John Dar­win.

The money was re­cov­ered by the Crown Pros­e­cu­tion Ser­vice in a “painstak­ing op­er­a­tion” in both York­shire and Panama in con­nec­tion with the in­sur­ance fraud over her hus­band’s faked death.

John Dar­win ( above), 61, was re­ported miss­ing in a ca­noe in the sea off Seaton Carew, near Hartle­pool, in March 2002.

While his wife col­lected hun­dreds of thou­sands of pounds in life in­sur­ance pay­outs, John Dar­win hid in the mar­i­tal home, while the cou­ple’s two adult sons be­lieved their fa­ther was dead.

Both John and Anne Dar­win were found guilty of the de­cep­tion in 2008 at Teesside Crown Court.

A CPS spokesman said: “A painstak­ing op­er­a­tion over the past two and a half years, has now re­cov­ered all the as­sets which Anne Dar­win held as a re­sult of the fraud, amount­ing to £501,641.39.”

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