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Darwins guilty of canoe fraud

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yorkshirepudding Wed 23-Jul-08 16:24:03

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DrNortherner Wed 23-Jul-08 16:30:42

Canoe fraud is when you pretend to be a canoe but you are not really wink

Bundle Wed 23-Jul-08 16:31:47

what, like a dinghy?

lulumama Wed 23-Jul-08 16:32:26


like there was going to be any other verdict

i read something in the paper that their debts were £300 000 and the money from life insruance was £250 000, so what was the point... it was not even like they could go off and live the life of riley ....

totally bizarre

their children must be absolutely distraught

lulumama Wed 23-Jul-08 16:32:42

more like a kayak i would thikn...

bundle Wed 23-Jul-08 16:42:02


what about a coracle, getting ideas above its station?

lulumama Wed 23-Jul-08 16:44:49

ooh, you know your boats, doncha!?

bundle Wed 23-Jul-08 16:45:09

unlike Mrs Darwin....

lulumama Wed 23-Jul-08 16:46:38

it is quite sad though isn't it ? depsite the humourous undertones..

DeeRiguer Wed 23-Jul-08 16:50:27

katermaranic for thekids i agree lulu
the barnacles wont disappear overnight thats for sure

bundle Wed 23-Jul-08 16:51:41

v sad

the judge agreed, the real victims in this case are their sons

kiskidee Wed 23-Jul-08 16:51:54

they weren't intending to pay debts off with the insurance though, were they. they were planning a new life in Panama.

I feel sorry for them in one sense. Small town people trying it on and they got the book thrown at them.

How many times have the avg grunts been screwed over by those with money and access to power and expensive solicitors and gotten away with it.

lulumama Wed 23-Jul-08 16:54:18

how could you rebuild your relationship with your parents, when they blatantly have shown that money means more to them than their own children?

lulumama Wed 23-Jul-08 16:56:30

they did not make a mistake though, kiskidee, they plotted and planned and lied constantly for a number of years. they dissembled and let their children grieve for a 'dead' father, it is reprehensible IMO. surely bankrupcy or an IVA would have been a more sensible optin?

yorkshirepudding Wed 23-Jul-08 16:56:53

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bundle Wed 23-Jul-08 16:57:18

do they have to give the money back?

bundle Wed 23-Jul-08 16:58:27

"Anne Darwin kept him hidden inside the house for about four years"



lulumama Wed 23-Jul-08 17:17:26

yes, according to that article they have to pay it back.

bundle Wed 23-Jul-08 17:18:29

<<reminds self to read what i post>>

lulumama Wed 23-Jul-08 17:19:41

ha ! busted! too busy looking up different light water crafts! wink grin

bundle Wed 23-Jul-08 17:21:20

am a skimmer (when it comes to reading and boats wink)

kiskidee Wed 23-Jul-08 17:45:02

oh I agree lulu. what they did was wrong and I would hate to be their poor kids. I am just speaking of the disparity of how ordinary stiffs can get treated by the law to how more 'connected' people get away with more elaborate swindling of working people's pensions for example.

wannaBe Wed 23-Jul-08 17:49:16

what I find unbelieveable though is that they did it for 250 grand. the average house these days is only worth just a bit less than that.

250 grand isn't a lot of money, certainly not a life changing amount of money, so to deceive to that level is just shocking IMO.

lulumama Wed 23-Jul-08 17:50:38

yes, that is also true kiskidee.

DarrellRivers Wed 23-Jul-08 17:55:08

It got me to thinking how much money would make it worth while?
Losing your sons-there would never be enough money to make this feasible....... sad

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