Cumbria Crack

Fraudster given another nine months in prison

[A] CRIMINAL locked up for masterminding a £600,000 fraud has had nine months added to his sentence for other crimes.

Mark McCracken, 48, was handed a lengthy jail term last month for playing the lead role in a huge insurance scam dubbed “cash for crash”.

McCracken’s illegal enterprise ran between 2010 and 2014, and involved 34 other people who occupied a variety of roles.

But police who carried out a painstaking probe brought the gang members to justice. All were sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court last month, when McCracken was handed a seven-year prison sentence.

Nine months were added to that stretch today (MON). McCracken was brought back into the crown court dock, and admitted three charges of handling stolen goods.

Each relates to items which were found when police raided his childhood home at Wigton, in September, 2014, as part of the “cash for crash” inquiry.

Judge Peter Davies was told the stolen property comprised camping equipment, solar panels and inverters, and a female’s passport which was pinched during a South Cumbria burglary in 1999.

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