Fraudsters target pregnant woman in ‘cash for crash’ scam

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.”

 

Model for Online Court moves in to RTA Claims

The dispute resolution forum seen as a model for England and Wales’ online court has begun handling road accident claims in the first step to taking over 80% of all such cases in the province, according to the Law Gazette.

Shannon Salter, tribunal chair, revealed the online tribunal has now taken its first two MVA (motor vehicle accident) PI cases since extending its jurisdiction into this sector in April. The court has exclusive jurisdiction to handle claims up to £29,600 under legislation passed last year to resolve a crisis at British Columbia’s government-owned motor insurer.

The Law Gazette reported that Salter said,

“To put it mildly, PI lawyers were quite displeased about this change.”

To date, the court has handled only two motor vehicle cases, both of which settled at an early stage.

It is expecting to take on 30,000 claims a year.

The online process starts with the presumption that the case is not going to end up in the tribunal, with parties passing through a voluntary negotiation stage and a mandatory mediation stage before they get to adjudication.

 

 

Firms fined £310,000 after father-of-three falls 10m to the ground

Two companies have been fined a total of £310,000 for their part in a “wholly avoidable” incident after a man suffered life-changing injuries, including an open fracture to his femur and multiple fractures to his pelvis and hips, when he fell from a factory roof.

Brian Robinson, 38, fell through a roof light onto the factory floor below.

The industrial roofer had been attaching cladding to an adjoining building when he fell 9.7 metres.

Mr Robinson, a father-of-three, is still unable to work, more than three years after the incident.

An investigation found the original scaffold that had been constructed on the roof had been removed prior to cladding works being completed.

Man who faked car crashes is jailed

A man who fabricated car crashes in order to claim thousands of pounds from insurance companies has been jailed for 10 months.

Leeds Crown Court heard how Motondo, 40, who preached at a Pentecostal church in Leeds, bought policies using personal details of two people in his congregation and then rang insurers posing as them.

Motondo admitted fraud and money laundering.

Police said Motondo “was completely immoral in his actions.”

An investigation was initiated by the City of London Police’s Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department after suspicions were raised.

Motondo pleaded guilty to three counts of fraud by misrepresentation and one count of possessing criminal proceeds.

 

Family of 4 jailed after claiming £41,000 for car accidents they set up

Four members from the same family have been jailed for more than three years after setting up five car accidents in an insurance fraud operation that cost more than £40,000.

Rashid Ahmed, Abdullahi Bana, Salah Mohammed and Abbas Moobe, from Ilford, London, have been sentenced for their part in carrying out a series of ‘crash for cash’ frauds.

The scam was carried by an uncle and his nephews who took out false insurance policies and went on to stage a total of five car accidents.

Claims were then made by the four for non-existent injuries and damages to their vehicle at a total of £40,000.

The case was highlighted by the Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB) who discovered that the same bank card had been used to incept five separate policies with Service Insurance and Aviva, all using a different fake name and address.

Detective Constable Daryl Fryatt, said, “These fraudsters tried to claim for thousands of pounds for a series of fake car crashes, but thanks to our investigation with support from the IFB, Service Insurance and Aviva, all they’ve ended up with is a criminal sentence.

Jason Potter, at the Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB), said, “Organised insurance fraud is a serious crime and it is imperative that we continue to focus our efforts on detecting and deterring this type of behaviour in order to stamp it out at the root.”

 

 

 

Personal injury partner struck off for fraudulent claims

A partner has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) after he allowed his staff to pursue fraudulent personal injury (PI) claims and presided over a system that treated claims management companies (CMCs) “as if they were the actual client.”

Muzammil Hussain Abid’s fellow partner at Crescent Law, Imran Uddin, was suspended for two years.

Mr Uddin described the consequences of his misconduct as “uniquely damaging.”

The tribunal found there was “clearly a practice of pursuing claims without any regard for clients’ actual instructions” and that Mr Uddin left the running of the PI department to Mr Abid, who was “motivated by the desire to increase revenue.”

The SDT said, “The only reason for putting the status of CMCs above those of clients was to ensure that CMCs continued to refer work to the firm.”

The SDT added Mr Abid “caused and allowed the firm to pursue fraudulent claims and pay out clients’ damages to third parties without their consent”.

Mr Abid was also found to have misled the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) in relation to his directorship of a car hire company and “profited from a hire company that profited from the dubious PI claims brought by the firm.”

The tribunal heard Mr Uddin was the senior partner of Crescent Law from 2003 to its closure in 2017.

Mr Abid was a partner from 2007 to 2017 and responsible for personal injury work.

He was found by the tribunal to have pursued fraudulent personal injury claims and allowed damages which should have been paid to the firms’ clients to be paid instead to third parties. He also found to have acted dishonestly in doing this, which he denied.

Mr Abid claimed there were only two instances of the firm issuing claims without instructions, but the SRA said it had identified 54 cases.

The tribunal found Mr Abid’s misconduct was “deliberate, calculated and continued over a period of time.”