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Crash-for-cash scammers jailed

16 people, including members of an organised criminal group from Luton, have been sentenced for crash-for-cash crimes after being linked to nearly 80 collisions.

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The crash-for-cash scammers were linked to nearly 80 collisions

The investigations have resulted in more than 32 years in prison as well as a number of suspended sentences and are the result of a collaboration between the Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB), the Eastern Regional Special Operations Unit (ERSOU), City of London Police’s Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department (IFED) and the insurance industry.

The investigation found the crash for cash scam had been going on for a number of years with collisions either staged by damaging the vehicles off the road or by slamming on the brakes on public roads, putting lives at risks. The main perpetrator and his accomplices would then make exaggerated claims for vehicle damage and personal injury, such as whiplash, to make money.

Detective Constable Daryl Fryatt of the City of London Police’s Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department, said: “This crime gang carried out a series of deliberate crashes, showing that they clearly had no regard for the safety of those around them. As well as putting innocent members of the public at risk directly, crash for cash fraud contributes to the rise in premiums for everyone who buys insurance.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 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.