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