A WOMAN who pretended to have a daughter who was seriously injured in the Manchester Arena attack to make an insurance claim was jailed for two years yesterday. Susan Pain, 51, stared at the floor of Liverpool Crown Court as she was sentenced after earlier admitting the £139,000 fraud involving 31 bogus claims.
Pain’s crimes were discovered after her final claim, saying her so-called daughter sustained multiple injuries when suicide bomber Salman Abedi detonated a bomb at the arena during an Ariana Grande concert on May 22 last year.
Christopher Hopkins, prosecuting, said: “The defendant, in fact, had no daughter and the claim was of course false.”
Judge Alan Conrad QC told Pain: “I am sure all right-minded members of the public would be shocked, in particular, that you would use a tragedy which shook the nation as the basis for a fraudulent claim.”
The court heard Pain, of Kirkby, Merseyside, had worked for a broker which sold policies underwritten by AXA since she was 16, and oversaw a section which provided insurance for medical professionals to cover unexpected loss of earnings.