The insurance company detected loopholes in the claim and contacted the Uitenhage commercial crime task team. A fraud case was opened in November 2020, which led to Thursday’s sentencing.
“Investigations proved the document handed in was falsified by the accused,” said Swart.
“It was also established that the accused never lost the ring but was still in possession of it.”
For forgery, Miles was fined R3,000 or 180 days in prison, of which half was suspended for five years on condition she was not convicted of fraud, theft, forgery or uttering committed during the period of suspension. On the count of uttering, she was ordered to pay a fine of R3,000 or 180 days' imprisonment.
Uitenhage acting station commander Col André Swart said: “Hopefully this sentence will send out a strong warning that it doesn’t pay to submit false insurance claims. In the end you will lose more than you gain. A false insurance claim can lead to a jail sentence, substantial fines and a permanent criminal record.”