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Parents jailed for 'blind' son scam: Falsely claimed compensation after lying that their son had been blinded falling off his bicycle

By Claire Hayhurst

A husband and wife who falsely claimed £70,000 in compensation after lying that their son had been blinded falling off his bicycle have been jailed.

Jeremy Jones, a former lance corporal in the Army, and wife Sally Anne, were both jailed for 12 months after being convicted of orchestrating the scam.

Their seven-year-old son came off his bike near their home at Bulford Camp army base in Wiltshire and was taken to hospital suffering head injuries in June 2010.

A month later the couple put in a claim to AIG insurance stating the optic nerve in his left eye had been severed in the accident - leaving him with a permanent disability. AIG gave the family a £70,000 lump sum in October 2010, but became suspicious when the couple asked for a further £35,000 in compensation in May 2012.

AIG referred both claims to City of London Police's insurance fraud enforcement department and a criminal investigation was launched.

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