Committing insurance fraud, mail or otherwise, is universally a fairly dumb thing to do, especially when your plan is literally designed to fail. Like say, that of 29 year old Nathan Meunch should have known. Because if you're trying to pass off a soggy, dripping cardboard box stuffed with ice as a £2,500 stack of iPads, chances are you're getting caught.
Of course, it all started innocuously enough for Meunch when he sauntered into a Wellington Post Office in a soaking wet jacket. Meunch tried to explain away his damp coat by telling a mail clerk named Elaine Sloane that it was raining outside, a questionable claim considering the post office's giant window told her that you know, it wasn't. But people are weird, so she went on to listen politely as he explained that he'd like to mail a box supposedly containing £2,500 worth of iPads. The return address? He uh, couldn't remember.
For some reason Sloane decided not to question this amnesic compulsive liar and accepted the package. About an hour later a different employee noticed that the iPads seemed to be excreting water at an alarming rate (which for iPads should not probably be any rate whatsoever) and that the tablets were actually just blocks of ice. Wrapped in a now disintegrating cardboard box. Which the post office employees decided they should probably go ahead and mail anyway. Because neither snow nor rain nor heat nor ice block masquerading as iPad something something probably applies in England, too.
A few days later, lo and behold, the post office got an insurance claim in the amount of £2,500 from 29 year old Nigel Bennett, the box's recipient. The poorly planned scheme was immediately exposed, and both men have been sentenced to 12 months of community service, 150 hours of unpaid work for the courts, and a roughly £500 fine. Which may seem like a relatively shortlived punishment, but the shame my friends, that lasts forever. [Mirror]