Canoe death swindle pair jailed

BACK-from-the-dead canoeist John Darwin and his wife Anne were both jailed for more than six years today for their roles in the £250,000 scam.

BACK-from-the-dead canoeist John Darwin and his wife Anne were both jailed for more than six years today for their roles in the £250,000 scam.

Anne Darwin had claimed her “domineering” husband forced her to go through with the plan to swindle insurance and pension companies by faking his death at sea.

But a jury rejected the 56-year-old's defence and convicted her of six counts of fraud and nine of money laundering after a seven day trial at Teeside Crown Court.

Her husband admitted fraud at an earlier hearing.


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Mrs Darwin was jailed for six-and-a-half years while her husband was sentenced to six years and three months in prison.

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