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Canoe fraudsters agree to pay back £600,000

Anne and John Darwin, the infamous canoe fraudsters, have agreed to pay back £600,000 from their ill gotten gains. However, as John Darwin effectively has no assets to his own name he has agreed to pay back a nominal one pound although he is wife, in whose name the couple's assets are held, will payback £363,700 to the victims of the crime and £228,138 under the terms of the proceeds of crime act.

Those who followed the canoe fraudster's story will be well aware that John Darwin, with the assistance of his wife, faked his own death some time ago only to be caught out when looking to start a new life in South America. Apparently, as the couple looked around a number of properties in South America a snap was taken of them together which eventually appeared on the Internet and was used by the police to pursue the couple. Eventually, after John Darwin came forward claiming amnesia, slowly but surely their story unravelled and eventually the couple were arrested and imprisoned for significant jail terms.

Even though insurance fraud has historically increased dramatically during recessionary times, this is in no way your stereotypical insurance fraud in the UK!

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