The final sentences have been handed down to the fraudsters behind a large scale crash for cash scam.
Between them, 77 defendants received a total of 123 months in custody, 296 months in suspended sentences, 48 months of conditional discharge, 6,350 hours of unpaid work and £127,242 in compensation orders.
The sentencing took place at Newport Crown Court following the end of a series of trials in which 77 fraudsters either pleaded or were found guilty for their participation in the crash for cash scam.
The original case, which concluded in 2015, saw 81 people prosecuted for their role in the crash for cash scam, which centred on the use of vehicles in staged accidents so that the fraudsters could submit bogus and exaggerated insurance claims to increase pay-outs.
The second phase investigated additional insurance claims linked to the original investigation, resulting in 96 convictions across 77 defendants for a range of offences, including conspiracy to defraud and fraud by misrepresentation.
Ben Fletcher, director of the Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB), which aided the investigations in to the large scale crash for cash scam, commented: “The outcome of this case goes to show that if you commit insurance fraud you will pay the price—in this case that price has included 123 months of jail time and £127,242 in compensation orders for these fraudsters, who had little regard for the serious nature of their crimes.”
“While we were pleased with the outcome of phase one of this investigation, which resulted in a total of 601 months’ jail time for the 81 fraudsters, we saw an opportunity to continue the fight and ensure that everyone involved was brought to justice.”
“Both phases of this case are a fantastic demonstration of the value of the collaboration between IFB, Gwent Police and our insurer members. Through the hard work and the determination of the industry as a whole, we are proving that insurance fraud is top of our agenda and will not go unpunished.”
The senior investigating officer at Gwent Police, Steve Maloney, added: “Operation Dino was investigated by a small team of dedicated investigators who had to manage a large number of individuals responsible for a very complex fraud.”
“The investigation has brought people to justice for their criminal activity but has also assisted our partners in the insurance industry to prevent future offences of this nature going undetected. Crash for cash scams have a real impact on society and cost the honest policy holders almost 350 million each year.”