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4 Arrested in Joint Fraud Investigation

25 September 2014

A joint investigation by Cumbria Police and the Insurance Fraud Bureau into suspected fraud has resulted in 4 arrests.

Beginning at 7am on 23 September, up to 50 police officers targeted 9 addresses across Cumbria, executing a number of warrants as part of the operation. The IFB used it’s unique access to a wide range of data to support Cumbria Police’s investigations and help build the evidence package for the warrants.

This investigation is one of 112 suspected fraud scams under active investigation by the IFB, worth a combined £120 million. Working alongside a significant number of police forces, the IFB plays a key role detecting organised fraud and supporting enforcement action. Since its formation in 2006, the IFB have helped police make more than 1000 arrests, helping secure more than 266 years in prison for convicted fraudsters.

Commenting on the arrests, Ben Fletcher, Director of the IFB said, “This week’s action shows that fraud is not confined to the big cities but it is a nationwide problem that demands a strong response. Our partnership with Cumbria police should send a clear message to would-be fraudsters – you will be found and you will be caught.”