Police investigate Costa Concordia scam

2012-01-26 15:37

Budapest - Hungarian police said on Thursday they are investigating a family who allegedly falsely claimed a relative was missing in Italy's Costa Concordia shipping disaster in an attempt to win compensation.

"Budapest police (BRFK) have launched an enquiry into attempted fraud," a statement said, adding that no one has been arrested so far.

"The BRFK is taking witness statements, collecting and analysing data," it added.

Hungary's foreign ministry said on Monday that a woman reported as missing in the January 13 shipping accident off the Italian island of Giglio had in fact died three years earlier.

Hungarian news agency MTI said the scam had been uncovered by a US lawyer of Hungarian origin called Peter Ronai who went to the police after being contacted by an individual reporting someone missing in the disaster.

"Their behaviour was very suspicious. All they talked about was possible compensation, so I alerted the police," MTI quoted Ronai as saying.

The confirmed death toll has reached 16 and emergency crews are searching for another 16 still missing.

 

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