Fraudster couple funded champagne lifestyle of exotic holidays and a plush home in 1million insurance and benefits scamElina Jaksone and Gagik Manucharyan exploited other immigrantsPromised to get them car insurance but lied to secure cheaper dealsCheated taxpayers out of 340,000 by failing to report earnings to HMRCSpent cash on holidays in Jamaica By Hugo Gye and Damien Gayle PUBLISHED: 13:09 GMT, 10 April 2013 | UPDATED: 01:04 GMT, 11 April 2013 An immigrant couple who enjoyed a champagne lifestyle have been jailed for what is believed to be the biggest car insurance scam of its kind in Britain. Latvian Elina Jaksone and her Cypriot partner Gagik Manucharyan raked in close to 1million by duping hundreds of innocent motorists with a ‘ghost’ insurance scheme. They offered cut-price insurance by using false details, leaving customers involved in accidents totally exposed and without any of the coverage they paid for
Private school offers mortgage-style repayment scheme to cover 9,000-a-year day pupil fees Fernhill School in Glasgow is offering parents chance to spread fees over ten years, interest freePayment plan could reduce monthly payments by up to 50 per cent /13 – with the highest fees topping 21,000. The increases put pressure on parents – particularly those for whom private education is at the limits of affordability.
Celebrity lawyer tricked Chris Tarrant and jockey Richard Dunwoody into backing bid for OBE in 2.8m fraud By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 02:25 GMT, 9 February 2013 | UPDATED: 02:26 GMT, 9 February 2013 Close: Nathan Iyer, who dated Michael Caine's daughter Natasha (left), duped celebrities into supporting his application for an OBE in a 2.8m fraud A celebrity lawyer tricked Chris Tarrant and jockey Richard Dunwoody into supporting his application for an OBE as he carried out a 2.8million fraud. Nathan Iyer, 47, who once dated the daughters of Sir Michael Caine and Sir Bobby Moore, pretended he had raised a fortune for Cancer Research UK.
Revealed, UK's burglary black spots: London, Leeds and Bradford postcodes identified as 'most at risk' by insurance companiesLS13 is the UK’s worst burglary hot spotBradford postcode BD12 took second placeThe figures mean residents could pay 20 per cent more for home insurance in red and least claims in blue” class=”blkBorder” /> Hotspots: Map showing the postal regions in the UK that have made the most home insurance claims for burglary in 2012 in red and least claims in blue Worrying: Families in an area of Leeds are most at risk of being burgled, according to a league table that identifies Britain's most dangerous places to live. This is a file picture of the city centre Crime: Bradford postcode BD12, around five miles away from Leeds, took second place in the table Insurance companies use data on the number of burglaries per household to decide which areas should face the highest annual premiums.
Phone firms told to stop the rip-offs on fixed fees: Sneak rises add 90m to bills Customers to be allowed cancel their contracts without penalty if bills go upOfcom said many customers do not know bills can rise in fixed term contractNew escape clause to be available to people will fixed-price broadband too By Sean Poulter, Consumer Affairs Editor PUBLISHED: 00:59 GMT, 4 January 2013 | UPDATED: 08:57 GMT, 4 January 2013 Vodafone is one of the major networks that has raised monthly charges on fixed-price contracts in the past year Watchdogs are to stop mobile phone firms making 90million a year by imposing sneak price rises on supposedly fixed-fee contracts. Under plans unveiled by Ofcom, customers faced with unexpected increases in their monthly bill will be able to cancel their contracts without penalty. The new escape clause will be available to those with fixed-price home broadband and landline deals too
BBC 'must release emails that helped stars avoid tax': MPs put pressure on corporation Corporation refuses request from MPs to see correspondence between BBC tax advisers and staffDecision not to publish is further damaging trust in BBC, politicians sayEmails are linked to stars paid via service companies, a set-up that could allow them to avoid tax and national insurance BBC Trust says auditors have looked at emails and found nothing suspicious By Paul Revoir PUBLISHED: 11:20 GMT, 2 January 2013 | UPDATED: 00:58 GMT, 3 January 2013 Under fire: BBC Trust finance chief Anthony Fry has rejected a request to hand the emails to MPs and has not read them himself The BBC is facing pressure from MPs to publish emails that could show the broadcaster gave the opportunity to two of its performers to avoid tax.
New children's TV station to counter 'mindless' shows: Mrs Thatcher considered new channel in wake of riots across the country | UPDATED: 08:58 GMT, 28 December 2012 Children's television was often so 'lifeless, moral-less and mindless' policy makers suggested setting up a 'Children's Broadcasting Corporation'.
Children aged just three will be given kindles and iPads this Christmas as their parents upgrade leaving toymakers worried Toymakers Mattel and Hasbro said to be 'terrified' by trendAmount of time children dedicate to gadgets has rocketed | UPDATED: 14:25 GMT, 24 December 2012 iPads and Kindles are said to be more in demand than traditional children's toys such as Mattel's Barbie dolls The toys have been well and truly thrown out of the pram this year as children's Christmas lists are dominated by iPads and Kindles, analysts said. Top toymakers Mattel and Hasbro are said to be 'terrified' at the thought that children no longer plump for traditional presents such as dolls and toy cars, but rather the latest technological gadgets, including iPads and Kindles. 'Up against tech groups that make such engaging entertainment, toymakers cannot compete', said managing director of equity research at Needham & Company, an investment banking firm
Pay-as-you-drive Britain: Ministers set to approve plans to introduce tolls on motorways and A roads | UPDATED: 13:04 GMT, 22 December 2012 Radical plans to privatise the nation’s motorways and A-roads to create new pay-as-you drive toll roads are set to be given the green light by ministers, MailOnline can reveal. The aim is to pump new private-sector money into the nation’s crumbling road network in a bid to ease the growing gridlock log-jam at a time when cash is tight and raising taxes is politically unacceptable
Video mash-ups and song parodies to be legalised (just as long as they are funny) Copyright law shake-up to make it easier to transfer files between devicesiPod and e-book users will not be criminalised if copy is for personal useRecord companies will not be able to block song parodies | UPDATED: 16:29 GMT, 21 December 2012 Film companies and record labels will not be able to force mash-ups and spoofs to be taken down from the internet under a major shake-up of copyright law. Ministers have vowed to legalise parodies after countless viral hits have disappeared from sites like YouTube because multi-national firms failed to see the funny side