Two men who worked in the insurance industry have been sentenced and fined for bribery and data protection offences.
Aden Embling and Daniel Storr were sentenced and fined at Bournemouth Crown Court for bribery and data protection offences after they used stolen data to attempt to sell private medical insurance policies to unsuspecting customers.
Following an investigation by the City of London Police’s Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department (IFED), Embling received a suspended sentence of five months in prison, 200 hours of community service, and £1,200 fine for bribery after pleading guilty earlier this year.
Storr received a £1,200 fine for data protection offences. He pleaded guilty last month.
Embling, while in the employment of health insurer Health-on-Line, accessed 47 private medical policies and took photos of 32 of them.
He then sent the data to Storr, who had previously worked at Health-on-Line. The agreement between the two fraudsters was that Embling would make 10% of the revenue from any policies that Storr sold.
Storr attempted to sell the stolen data itself and then insurance policies to the customers whose records had been accessed. He was unsuccessful and neither of the men made any money. Health-on-Line later became suspicious and reported the theft to IFED.
Detective constable Daryl Fryatt of the City of London Police’s IFED said: “Even though Storr was ultimately unsuccessful in selling the policies, his and Embling’s crimes are not victimless. When people commit insurance fraud, it drives up insurance premiums for all consumers as fraud costs the insurance industry money.”
“Storr and Embling were audacious but IFED’s investigation means they have been brought to justice.”