Three people who targeted a pregnant woman in an £18,000 “cash for crash” scam have been sentenced.
City of London Police’s Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department discovered the victim had manoeuvred behind the fraudsters’ car on the roundabout when they suddenly braked, causing their victim to crash into the back of them on the M5 roundabout in West Bromwich.
Police became involved when insurer Hastings became suspicious of personal injury claims received after the incident.
The court heard the trio claimed that they suffered injuries to their spine, upper back or shoulders. The total value of the claims was £18,000.
All three pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation and were sentenced.
Det Con Kevin Hughes, who the led the investigation for IFED, said, “In an effort to make some money, these fraudsters put the safety of the victim and other drivers around them at serious risk.
“It’s a relief to know that no-one was injured, including the victim. Thankfully she and her baby were unhurt.
“Thanks to the initial referral by Hastings Direct and their support throughout our investigation, we were able to ensure these fraudsters were brought to justice.”