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Sixteen people sentenced for their part in crash for cash scam

12 June 2015

A gang of fraudsters have been brought to justice after police unravelled a complex insurance scam worth £225,000. Sixteen crooks were hauled into court and sentenced for their involvement in the illegal crash for cash racket, which stretched from Chorlton to Failsworth, Salford and Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Police launched an investigation and with support from the Insurance Fraud Bureau - the insurance industry’s central data hub which tried to detect and disrupt organised fraud - another scam was uncovered.

Ben Fletcher, Director of the Insurance Fraud Bureau, said: “Staged and contrived accidents alongside exaggerated claims with hugely inflated costs form part of the ‘crash for cash’ insurance fraud phenomenon which we estimate costs the honest policyholder almost £400 million each year. Today’s sentencing serves as a warning to other would-be fraudsters that if you are committing fraud then the risk of being caught and prosecuted is very real.

“The consequences for insurance fraudsters once caught are life-changing as they face the prospect of heavy fines, a criminal record and imprisonment plus potentially restricted access to financial services."

Find out more about how fraudsters submitted false insurance claims associated with fictitious collisions and claims for hire charges for vehicles that were never actually hired.