A dentist accused of having a false motor accident claim
in an effort to fake his own death so that he could claim almost £1.8 million in insurance payouts recently had his day in court.
Greek national Emmanouil Parisis, who was known as Neil McClaren during his tenure in the UK, shared the dock with both his sister-in-law and his wife. The three share the fraud charge after the 46 year old McClaren was reported as killed in a traffic accident claim
. After his alleged “death,” court documents state that both he and his two co-defendants entered into a conspiracy to make a claim on McClaren’s life insurance.
The initial road accident claim
was made while McClaren staged his death in an elaborate ruse that involved a motor vehicle collision in Amman, Jordan in 2009. Then, the allegations show, the father of four adopted a new name and relocated to Scotland.
Exeter Crown Court recently heard that the fraud is alleged to be concerned with 15 separate policies for life insurance from NHS organisations and finance groups alike.
These groups include such members as National Westminster Life Assurance Ltd, Genworth Financial Assurance, the British Dental Associations’s Benevolent Fund, NHS pensions, and Virgin Money.
McClaren, his 41-year-old sister-in-law Nikoletta Theodoropoulou, and his wife Anabella, 40, categorically denied six charges of fraud that were committed between the 1st of January 2008 and the 22nd of June of this year by making false representations that Emmanouil Parisis’ life had ended in order to make life insurance claims.
Answering “not guilty” each in turn, the three alleged fraudsters followed along with the aid of a Greek interpreter so they could understand the court proceedings. The two women were released on bail while McClaren was remanded into until an additional pre-trial hearing in the immediate future.