Wife of faked-death canoeist found guilty

  day2strike 15:39 23 Jul 2008

How could any mother lie to her sons over the fake death of their Father?

The wife of a man who faked his own death in a canoeing accident was convicted of fraud and money laundering on Wednesday, closing a dramatic chapter in an extraordinary family saga.

Anne Darwin, 56, was found guilty on 15 counts tied to an attempt to claim more than 250,000 pounds via an insurance scam concocted with her 57-year-old husband, John, who has already pleaded guilty.

The ordinary-looking English couple deceived not only friends but also their two grown children, who turned against their mother in the trial, giving evidence for the prosecution.

The couple are to be sentenced later on Wednesday.

  Seth Haniel 15:45 23 Jul 2008

click here

and 6 years 6 months for her

  Clapton is God 16:18 23 Jul 2008

Does this mean that she's now got herself up a creek without a paddle?

  €dstowe 16:21 23 Jul 2008

I always wonder why these people think that they're so clever and everyone else is totally gullible.

(Similar case with Shannon Matthews who was found hiding under her uncle's bed or something like that, prompting searches costing who knows what. Note her stepfather's child porn case is coming up click here )

  Seth Haniel 09:54 24 Jul 2008

a Will and if the sons inherited anything from it.
If so will they also have to pay anything back .
Strangely quiet on the subject ;)

  GANDALF <|:-)> 10:27 24 Jul 2008

Odd that they get 6 years each for fraud yet a drunken motorist who kills a child gets 18 months.


  Quickbeam 10:30 24 Jul 2008

For fraud, but knife wagging thugs get a miserly 3 months 'slap on the wrist'.

What's the point in the example being made. The number of people doing a Reggie Perrin must be incredibly small. click here

  Seth Haniel 10:38 24 Jul 2008

trouble is they offended the government/system and they don't take that sort of thing lightly

if its agains the common man - hard luck ;)

  Quickbeam 13:46 24 Jul 2008

It's a pity the government don't realise how offended Joe Public is by soft sentencing for violent crime.

Give us more Judges like this one click here A real life Judge Dredd:)

  interzone55 13:55 24 Jul 2008

The courts are there to protect the landed gentry, they always have been, which is why offences involving fraud always seem to attract longer sentences involving attacks against people.

  Chegs ®™ 16:49 24 Jul 2008

Once sentenced,the disparity continues.Get a long prison sentence for a "cash" crime and the 1st thing the parole board considers is how much of your "proceeds of crime" can be recovered,if none of the money can be returned then your unlikely to be granted parole at the 1st hearing.Appear infront the parole board having killed someone and the board will ask if you ever intend to do it again,answer no and you can be released on licence within 2yrs of being given a life sentence.

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