A householder submitted a fraudulent claim for the loss of property on his household insurance, stating that a burglary had taken place. With the co-operation of a shop assistant in an electrical retail store, the claimant had created invoices for goods by replacing the original name of another customer on an invoice with his own name. The householder also obtained instruction manuals for the relevant electrical goods. The forged invoice and instruction manuals were presented to the insurance company in support of the claim. Following the insurance company’s investigations, it was decided to refer the matter to the Gardai for criminal investigation. The fraudster admitted that he had exaggerated his claim by €12,000 and in addition, although he had recovered items taken from his house during a burglary in 2001, he never informed the insurance company of this. At Dublin Circuit Criminal Court he received a three year suspended sentence.
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