Jail for bo­gus boat theft fraud­ster

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A boat owner who made a fraud­u­lent in­surance claim for a ‘stolen’ Cranchi Star 21 has been handed a six month prison sen­tence.

Kieran An­drew Kear­ney, 33, of Ffordd y Blae­nau, Treud­dyn, in north Wales, in­sured his boat with Nav­i­ga­tors & Gen­eral for £13,000. He then re­ported it stolen to the po­lice and con­tacted his in­sur­ers.

The firm’s in­ves­ti­ga­tors be­came sus­pi­cious and the boat was found at the home of his former part­ner.

Kear­ney pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud for falsely claim­ing the Cranchi Star 21 had been stolen and for hid­ing his pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions when tak­ing out the pol­icy.

The boat was seized un­der the Pro­ceeds of Crime Act.

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