A high-living lord with a penchant for classic sports cars and a supposedly empty wallet pretended to have four of the vehicles stolen in a $7 million insurance swindle that landed him in jail.
Lord Brocket, a friend of Prince Charles who turned his ancestral Brocket Hall into a site for U.S.-Soviet summits and international anti-crime conferences, got a five-year sentence Friday for conspiracy to defraud.
Judge Daniel Rodwell also felt it was “quite disgraceful” that Brocket pressured two of his estate employees to dismantle the cars in order to hide them. He gave the two men suspended sentences of 21 months.
In May 1991, the 43-year-old Charles Nall-Cain, Lord Brocket, claimed a 1952 Ferrari 340 America, a 1955 Ferrari Europe, a Ferrari 1955 Sport and a 1960 Maserati Tipo Bird Cage were stolen. The cars were part of Brocket’s $31 million collection that included 40 Ferraris.
But police discovered that no burglary had taken place. Brocket said he needed money to pay estate bills.