Conmen rumbled by water leak after trying to pass off ice as iPad

Published Tuesday, Aug 13 2013, 21:00 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Two bungling conmen thought they had the perfect plan to make a fast buck.

Nathan Meunch, 29, and Nigel Bennett, 39, filled a parcel with ice cubes, then labelled - and insured - it as an iPad.

Together, the men hoped to claim the £2,500 insurance when the "empty" parcel showed up.

The two men tried to pass off ice cubes as an iPad

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However, Menuch and Bennett clearly hadn't thought it through and, when Post Office staff saw water leaking out of the parcel, they alerted investigators.

Elaine Sloane, a Post Office clerk, said: "A colleague noticed a puddle. We had a little look and saw ice."

Bennett admitted fraud and Meunch was found guilty of the same offence at Shrewsbury Crown Court.

They were given a 12-month community order and ordered to do 150 hours of unpaid work.