Crash for cash gang jailed for £1 million insurance fraud
22 December 2016
- 19 fraudsters sentenced for their involvement in large-scale crash for cash scam
- Fake insurance claims made by fraudsters costing over £1 million
A large-scale crash for cash investigation between the Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB) and Metropolitan Police has come to the conclusion with a total of 19 fraudsters sentenced for their part in the fraud.
The scam, estimated to be worth £1 million, consisted of a number of induced collisions with innocent members of the public between 2009 and 2014. The final four sentences were handed down at Harrow Crown Court on Thursday 15 December. In an earlier sentencing which took place in May, the ringleader, Mohammed Zubair Jamil, was sentenced to five years imprisonment.
Metropolitan Police came to the IFB in 2012 with a single incident that had occurred during the year, and was suspected to be an induced collision. Upon further investigation and analysis of the individuals involved in this collision, IFB helped to uncover the true extent of this fraud. A further 50 incidents were identified as part of this fraud network, spanning across 17 different insurers.
The IFB’s unique position tackling cross-industry fraud assisted the Metropolitan Police in their prosecution of this criminal gang. IFB undertook in-depth research into the fraudsters suspected of being part of this group and also supported with the co-ordination of evidence statements from those insurers with exposure to this fraud network.
Ben Fletcher, Director of the Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB), said: “IFB has a fundamental position within the insurance industry which allowed us to uncover the extent of this crash for cash gang and ultimately put more fraudsters behind bars. This is another successful operation for the IFB, carried out in partnership with the Metropolitan Police, and the positive outcome in cases such as these demonstrates the hard work that IFB and insurers put in behind the scenes to clamp down on insurance fraud.”
Members of the public can play their role in fighting back against ‘crash for cash’ scams and other types of insurance fraud by reporting what they know to the 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/cheatline. All information provided to the Cheatline is treated in the strictest confidence.