Wales sees the conclusion of the biggest ever ‘crash for cash’ investigation
17 December 2015
The IFB has welcomed the guilty verdicts of fraudsters at Cardiff Crown Court in the final trial of a large-scale ‘crash for cash’ scam.
The scam, which includes the most people arrested and prosecuted in a single crash for cash operation, was uncovered following a four-and-a-half year investigation by Gwent Police. In total, 81 people have been prosecuted for their role in the fraud.
The investigation focused on a repair garage called ‘EASIFIX’, formerly known as ‘St David’s Crash Repair’ which was staging accidents and exaggerating claims in an attempt to fraudulently claim thousands of pounds from multiple insurers across the industry. Working with Gwent Police, the IFB was able to identify the reach of this widespread fraud.
The scam in numbers:
28 fraudulent collisions identified involving 85 people.
57 vehicles used (1 used twice).
87 people charged in total.
81 people prosecuted for their role in the scam.
23 to 73: age range of those involved in the scam.
28 claims cost the insurance industry £763,068.
Commenting on the conclusion of the trial Ben Fletcher, Director of the IFB, said:
“Crash for cash scams have a real impact on society, putting the lives of innocent people at risk and costing honest policy holders almost £350 million each year.
“This case sends a powerful message to the public that if you are committing insurance fraud then the risk of being caught and prosecuted is very real. Fraudsters face the prospect of heavy fines, a criminal record and imprisonment with potentially restricted access to financial services. The IFB works alongside insurers and police forces up and down the country to detect fraudsters and to bring them to justice.”
Members of the public can play their role in fighting back against insurance fraud by reporting what they know to the IFB’s Cheatline.
The Cheatline, powered by Crimestoppers, is a free service that enables members of the public to anonymously report information or suspicions about insurance fraud by calling 0800 422 0421 or reporting online at www.insurancefraudbureau.org.