Fraudster couple funded champagne lifestyle of exotic holidays and a plush home in 1million insurance scam

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

Maha Al-Sudairi: Luxury goods worth 11MILLION seized from Saudi Princess to help pay her extravagant shopping bills

Luxury goods worth 11MILLION seized from Saudi Princess to help pay her extravagant shopping billsMaha Al-Sudairi helped herself to goods worth millions in French capital IOU notes handed to shopkeepers were usually acceptedJudge has now ruled contents of three storage units to be sold off By Peter Allen PUBLISHED: 21:13 GMT, 7 March 2013 | UPDATED: 00:55 GMT, 8 March 2013 Luxury goods worth more than 11 million are to be seized from a Saudi princess to pay her shopping bills, a Paris judge ordered today. Maha Al-Sudairi, who was once married to the country’s late Crown Prince, helped herself to millions of pounds worth of goods whenever she visited the French capital. As well as art works and jewellery, they included 5,500 worth of luxury chocolates, and 1.4m on the hire of two Rolls Royce Phantoms and ‘around 30 chauffers’ to take her shopping.

Tycoon accused of taking 300m from British investors faces freeze on assets after failing to build luxury homes

Tycoon accused of taking 300m from British investors faces freeze on assets after failing to build luxury homes Former bankrupt David Ames could be forced to stop trading this weekLegal papers will be lodged to freeze the assets of Harlequin PropertyCompany paid tennis star Pat Cash to appear in its promotional materialHarlequin Property failed to make interest payments to investors By Russell Myers and Sharon Churcher PUBLISHED: 22:00 GMT, 2 March 2013 | UPDATED: 02:01 GMT, 3 March 2013 David Ames is alleged to have collected millions of pounds for ambitious building projects in the Caribbean and Brazil A businessman accused of taking 300 million of British investors’ money – and failing to build thousands of luxury properties – could be forced to stop trading this week. Former bankrupt David Ames is alleged to have collected millions of pounds for ambitious building projects in the Caribbean and Brazil, but less than 300 properties have so far been built

Afghan president Hamid Karzai tells ministers to cut costs while staying at Claridge"s with 40 officials

Afghan president tells his ministers to cut costs while staying at Claridge's (suite 7,000 a night) with entourage of 40, and you pick up the bill Hamid Karzai issued decree telling officials to cut back on expensive tripsSame day he checks into exclusive London hotel costing up to 7k a nightAfghan premier was in UK for peace talks with Pakistan president Zardari By Jason Groves PUBLISHED: 10:21 GMT, 8 February 2013 | UPDATED: 02:04 GMT, 9 February 2013 His war-torn country is one of the poorest in the world. But Afghan President Hamid Karzai showed he has a taste for the finer things in life this week – by asking the British taxpayer to put him and his 40-strong entourage up at Claridge’s during a stay in London

Millionaire businessman ordered to remove Islamic slogan from side of his luxury home because council claims it"s "advertising"

Millionaire businessman ordered to remove Islamic saying from side of his luxury home because council claim it's 'advertising'Message reads: 'There is no god, but Allah and Mohammed is his messenger'Planners claim the 2ft-high lettering is like McDonald's advertising hoardingMahmood Ali, 54, now faces a legal battle after appealing planning decisionHe said: 'The message is simply there to bless the house.

Greggs: Child sex police raid luxury farmhouse of baking heir Colin Gregg

Greggs baking heir arrested by child sex police as his luxury farmhouse is searched by officers The former non-executive director of Greggs was arrested on SaturdayPolice seized mobile phones and a laptop from his Gosforth homeHe was questioned over alleged sexual abuse of a child in the 1960s The former teacher and headmaster has been released on police bail By Becky Evans PUBLISHED: 09:13 GMT, 7 January 2013 | UPDATED: 14:03 GMT, 7 January 2013 Colin Gregg, pictured arriving back at his home after being arrested The former co-owner of national bakery chain Greggs has been arrested on suspicion of child sex abuse. Colin Gregg, 71, son of Greggs' founder Jack, was questioned by police on Saturday over alleged sexual abuse of a child in the 1960s. Police raided his luxury farmhouse in Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, and seized two mobile phones and a laptop

Marooned at Christmas: Family left stranded for a week in holiday cottage as Severn bursts its banks

Marooned at Christmas: Family left stranded for a week in holiday cottage as Severn bursts its banksDream Christmas becomes nightmare for 12 members of the Hughes familyThey had to be rescued from a luxury cottage in Uckinghall, GlosIt was the first time the whole family had been together for 20 years | UPDATED: 08:09 GMT, 31 December 2012 A Christmas break in a luxurious cottage by the Severn probably seemed like a good idea at the time. But it turned into a nightmare for the Hughes family when the river burst its banks and they were stranded indoors for a week looking out at waist-deep water before eventually being rescued by boat.

Fancy being lord of the manor? It"ll cost you just 5,000 a MONTH (or the same as a two bedroom flat in London)

Now you can be lord of the manor for just 5,000 a MONTH (which is roughly what you might pay for a two-bedroom flat in London) The house has nine bedrooms, a grand entrance hall, billiard room, outdoor pool, tennis court and stablesFor the same money you could rent a two-bedroom apartment in Kensington or a three-bedroom fourth floor flat in Notting Hill | UPDATED: 18:46 GMT, 28 December 2012 A stately home in the rolling Welsh countryside has been put up for rent for the first time in its 300 year history – at the same price as a two-bed apartment in London. The luxury mansion, which stands in ten acres of land, can be rented for the princely sum of 5,000 a month. For that price tenants of Tythegston Court can enjoy the house's nine bedrooms, a grand entrance hall and staircase, reception rooms, billiard room, outdoor pool, tennis court, stables and landscaped gardens.

Around 150 passengers hit by norovirus on Queen Mary 2 during luxury Christmas cruise

Around 150 passengers hit by norovirus on Queen Mary 2 during luxury Christmas cruiseAround 200 of 2,600 passengers have been taken illMany started 'being sick and suffering diarrhoea within hours of leaving port' | UPDATED: 08:39 GMT, 28 December 2012 Hundreds of passengers on a luxury Christmas cruise aboard the Queen Mary 2 have been struck down by the winter vomiting bug, it has emerged.