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Industry’s fight against fraud bolstered by IFB appointments

08 May 2012

The Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB) has today announced the appointment of four new members of staff, further bolstering the industry’s fight against organised motor insurance fraud.

- Mick Conneely has been appointed as Operations Coordinator. Mick will work closely with IFB customers, stakeholders and law enforcement agencies across the UK to identify and disrupt criminal gangs that pose the greatest risk to the insurance industry;

- Karla Freel and Nick Timms join the Bureau as Intelligence Researchers, working on new intelligence submissions made by the public through the industry’s Cheatline, as well as regulators, the police and other sources;

- Russell Phillips joined the IFB in March as an Intelligence Database Analyst, supporting the development of the IFB’s new intelligence repository.

The IFB also welcomed Luke Brennand from 1st Central on a six month secondment from 1 May. Luke has joined the IFB’s Operations Team to gather expe rience of analysing cross-industry intelligence and developing police operations. Alisdair McLaughlin has also been promoted from within the IFB ranks to the position of Operations Coordinator.

Phil Bird, Director of the IFB, said:

“The IFB’s major recruitment drive represents a significant commitment, on behalf of the industry, to step-up the fight against organised motor insurance fraud – a problem valued in excess of £350 million every year. By bolstering IFB expertise and resources, we will uncover more criminal networks targeting our industry and coordinate police action, which ultimately translates to cost savings for our customers.

“As part of the IFB’s three-year strategy, the industry has also tasked us with developing new analytics and data-sharing products to help tackle fraud at point of application, and rolling-out the Insurance Fraud Register (IFR). Our new recruits will play a pivotal role in the development of these new services in 2012.”