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Lucy served as the second officer on a 747 operated by Trans-Oceanic Airlines. Twice a week she flew from Dallas to Leningrad; with short breaks in New York and Brussels. She had been a non-commissioned officer for five years. Lucy was looking forward to being promoted to first officer. She would be the second woman to command a Trans7-Oceanic 747.
Her performance reviews were always exceptional. Trans-Oceanic Airlines had never treated her differently than any other pilot. The glass roof seemed non-existent.
Lucy, as a high-paying professional flight pilot, owned a beautiful 5,000-square-foot home in Dallas where she lived with her son, daughter, and a full-time housekeeper / babysitter. She was happy. Her future was unlimited. At the age of forty, she was approaching the peak of her professional career.
Her stay in Leningrad was usually two days. Lucy would recover from the inevitable jet lag by visiting the great museums during the tsarist era. Her favorite was the Hermitage, which was once the Tsar’s summer palace.
She always brought her Nikon single-lens reflex camera to the museum, which recorded every image at a very high resolution. She used Nikon to photograph the magnificent treasures that the Bolsheviks stole from the tsar. The fast lens and digital enhancement allowed her to take pictures without using a flash. Lucy spent the evenings at her hotel sorting her photos into categories on her laptop.
She had collections of close-ups of Faberge’s royal Easter eggs; of oil paintings by Gaugin, Degas, Van Gogh and Picasso; and photos of fine works of art made by native Russian artisans unknown in the West.
Lucy converted settlement checks to traveler’s checks in US currency. She placed the traveler’s checks in her overnight bag on the plane. When she landed, as part of a well-known airline crew, her luggage was not inspected by local customs officials. The traveler’s checks, better than cash, entered the new Russia without hindrance. Lucy immediately went to the retailer designated by the Hermitage and bought the Fabergé bird she longed for, paying only $ 200,000 in traveler’s checks.
With the remaining $ 50.00, she bought two Fabergé cigarette cases in silver and a small Picasso drawing with a pencil signed and dated by the artist. The bird is clearly visible over Lucy’s mantelpiece and she used Fabergé cigarette case to hold note paper and a fountain pen.
Lucy was lucky. If someone at Edward Lloyd’s Insurance Company had gone to the Dallas Public Library, they could have found similar photographs of the same item in one of several books on the Hermitage collection in the library. They did not.
Lucy was promoted to captain. She now commands a Trans-Oceanic 747 that flies three times a week non-stop from Dallas to London Heathrow Airport.
She is starting a collection of photographs from the Queen’s Museum at Buckingham Palace.
It’s time for the insurance industry to invest in a team of insurance claims professionals who know how to investigate a claim, interpret an insurance policy and handle a false and fraudulent claim to keep people like Lucy from enjoying a life of successful crime.
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