Two conmen couldn’t scam their way out of a wet box if they tried. And try they did.
British mastermind Nathan Meunch, 29, and friend Nigel Bennett, 39, filled a box with ice cubes and told a Wellington Post Office the box contained $4,000 worth of iPads back in 2012 in a bid to file a bogus insurance claim, the Mirror reported.
The box, which had no return address, began to leak water almost immediately after Meunch dropped it off.
When counter clerk Elaine Sloan asked Meunch why he was wet, he allegedly told her it was because it was raining outside. A quick glance out one of many windows alerted Sloan that it was, in fact, not raining.
After further investigating the quickly disintegrating box, Sloan and her colleagues saw that there were no iPads to be found, only a lot of melting ice. Despite the odd story and ice-filled box, the Wellington Post Office shipped it off anyway, according to Gizmodo.
A few days later, the two men tried to file an insurance claim in the amount of $4,000. To no one’s surprise (except perhaps the culprits), the claim did not go through.
Instead, both men were charged and found guilty Friday of fraud, the Daily Mail reported. Both men received 12 months of community service and 150 hours of unpaid work. They were also ordered to pay £500 towards prosecution costs within six months.