Keoghs and Kent police foil £3.5m fraud ring

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The Keoghs fraud rings and advocacy teams have helped Kent police to bring down a motor fraud ring spearheaded by a human trafficker, saving insurers an estimated £3.5 million.

Mohammed Sangak was sentenced to two years in prison for conspiring to defraud insurance companies and eight years for people trafficking following a five-week trial.

He was behind Essex Claims, which was investigated for 76 road traffic collisions and 322 intimated damages claims, 318 of which were defeated.

Keoghs formed Operation Mets in 2011 following the identification of 25 linked claims involving staged accidents and Essex Claims.

With the law firm’s investigation ongoing, a police operation investigating human trafficker Sangak uncovered documents depicting the details of supposed road traffic accidents, as well as photocopied identity documents relating to people involved in the accident claims, with further investigations revealing strong links between Sangak and Essex Claims.

Following the trial wins, senior barrister, Mark Stanger said: “To a large extent the smooth litigation process and positive outcomes were down to the joined-up approach of the Keoghs fraud rings and advocacy teams. This continuity ensured that upon the trials being twice adjourned by the court, there was no reduction in the quality of the defence and any duplication of costs was minimised.”

“Indeed, the sheer size and complexity of Operation Mets presented a real case management challenge, with the hard work of Stuart McFadyen helping ensure the trials were dealt with inside the one day time limit.”

Stuart McFadyen, senior litigator at Keoghs, added: “The trial wins were a fantastic culmination of what was an extremely complex, intelligence-led investigation. The fact that nearly 99% of the claims we investigated were defeated demonstrates the value of having accurate data and intelligence available to us. This not only helped us focus our time and effort where it was most effective, it also helped us minimise the costs for our insurer clients and, in turn, their customers.”

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Mark Dugdale is the editor of Claims Media. Mark welcomes articles, letters or feedback from readers and can be reached via mark.dugdale@barkerbrooks.co.uk