‘Supercar’ cheat fleeced thousands of pounds

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An insurance cheat who claimed he was laid low by chronic fatigue was caught out by social media postings which told of his passion for racing “supercars” in Cyprus, the High Court has heard.

Christopher Parkin, 41, claimed that between August 2007 and September 2012 he was incapable of leading an ordinary life, could not work, had no hobbies or pastimes and was living with his parents in Badsworth, West Yorkshire because his marriage had broken up and his wife and two daughters had moved to Cyprus.

In fact, said barrister Peter Hamilton in London, 1,000 pages of postings on online forums – made by Parkin between June 2007 and 2012 – revealed a picture of a man who was active, well and addicted to his hobby of modifying his Noble supercars and driving them fast both on the roads of the Mediterranean island and on a race-track there.

Parkin was not in court to hear Judge Richard Seymour order him to repay £19,096 to the Cirencester Friendly Society Ltd, which he had fraudulently obtained under an income protection insurance policy – plus interest and an interim payment of £200,000 towards a £350,000 costs bill.

The judge said that Parkin had told “a load of lies”.