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Prolific conman who made up van crashes to con £33,000 from insurer jailed

09 June 2015

A prolific conman who made up multiple van crashes to make more than £33,000 from fraudulent insurance claims and then went on the run to evade justice has been jailed for three years and five months.

The Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB) supported the City of London Police’s Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department (IFED) in the course of the investigation.

Ben Fletcher, Director of the IFB, said: “This case highlights how the Insurance Fraud Bureau, insurers and the police work closely together to identify suspected fraud by linking a series of apparently unconnected claims to one individual or gang. Ghost accidents like this form part of the ‘crash for cash’ insurance fraud phenomenon which is not a victimless crime, costing the honest policyholder almost £400 million each year, and so the insurance industry makes no apologies for its tough stance on tackling insurance fraud whether it is opportunistic or highly organised. If you are committing fraud the risk of being caught and prosecuted is very real.”

Find out more about the case and how the fraudster plotted diagrams of 'accidents' in a notebook which was uncovered by detectives from the City of London Police’s Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department (IFED).