Four family members sentenced for crash for cash claims

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Four family members have been handed prison sentences for their roles in a series of crash for cash frauds worth more than £40,000.

Rashid Ahmed was sentenced to 18 months in prison for his role in the crash for cash frauds. Abdullahi Bana received 24 weeks and Abbas Moobe was given 30 weeks, each suspended for 18 months.

Salah Mohammed was sentenced to six months in prison, to run consecutively to the nine-year sentence he is already serving for an unrelated crime.

The four family members were all involved in up to five staged collisions. They claimed for made-up personal injuries and/or damages to their vehicle.

In total, they made five claims against the fraudulent policies, worth £41,210.60 . In some of the claims, they were also provided with hire cars.

City of London Police’s detective constable Daryl Fryatt, who led the investigation into the crash for cash scams for the Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department (IFED), 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.”

“This investigation is a prime example of how the Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department’s joint work with the insurance industry can prove invaluable, when catching out insurance fraudsters.”

Jason Potter, head of investigations at the Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB), commented: “It’s clear from the fact that members of this gang are already serving prison sentences that these fraudsters are dangerous criminals with little regard for the rules. This case demonstrates that insurance fraud is often linked to wider criminality and it’s only by working closely with the insurance industry and police that we were able to stop these fraudsters in their tracks.

“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.”

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