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77 more fraudsters found guilty in major crash-for-cash investigation

One of the largest investigations into car insurance fraud has now concluded with an additional 77 fraudsters found guilty.

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The original case, which concluded in 2015, saw 81 people prosecuted for their role in the crash for cash scam,

The operation was carried out by the Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB) in collaboration with its insurer members and Gwent Police and follows an original case, which concluded in 2015, that saw 81 people prosecuted for their role in the crash-for-cash scam, in which the fraudsters staged accidents with 57 different vehicles.

Following the original investigation, a further 22 staged incidents and an additional 80 individuals were said to have been identified as being linked to the scam.

Last Friday (15 June) marked the conclusion of these trials, with the last of the defendants being handed their verdicts. Three had been found not guilty.

Jason Potter, IFB’s head of investigations, commented: “Let this be a message to anyone considering taking part in this type of illicit activity – you will be caught and you will be prosecuted.”

Members of the public can anonymously report any suspicions on insurance fraud to the IFB’s free Cheatline service by calling 0800 422 0421 or reporting online at www.insurancefraudbureau.org/cheatline.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.