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The most ambitious fraud concerns Lord Charles Brockett of England. He owned a small Ferrari collection, as well as Brockett Hall, the family manor, which had been turned into a conference and entertainment center. In 1991 Lord Brockett cut up and buried five cars, a Ferrari 195, S/N 0123 S, a Ferrari 340 America, S/N 0138 AM, a Ferrari 250 Europa, S/N 0421 GT, a Maserati Birdcage, S/N 2456, and an OSCA 2000, and then claimed they had been stolen. His insurance claim totaled a whopping 4,500,000 pounds ($2,316,600).
This pseudo 250 GT SWB, S/N 3565, earned “Jailhouse” Brocket an extra two years in the slammer
Adding to the drama, Lady Brocket had developed an addiction to prescription drugs and was caught forging a prescription. Then, after discovering that her husband had been unfaithful, she aided the police during their investigation.
The plot further thickened when it was determined that Lord Brockett had sold Jon Shirley of Microsoft 250 SWB S/N 3565 at a then “market correct” price of about $575,000, claiming it to be the original 250 SWB S/N 3565. The “real” 250 SWB surfaced in France and some detective work proved that Brockett/Shirley’s SWB was actually a well–done replica based on 250 GTE S/N 4015. Another two years was added to Lord Brockett’s five–year prison term.