Fraudulent claims earn CMC employee prison sentence

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A man who attempted to make a series of fraudulent claims on policies he’d been able to secure by lying to insurers about his poor insurance history has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Leeds-based Mohammed Aumran also diverted approximately £18,000 into his own account when he worked at a claims management company and attempted to divert nearly £17,000.

He was sentenced to three years and one month in prison earlier this month at Leeds Crown Court. In September, he pleaded guilty to six counts of fraud by false representation and one count of fraud by abuse of position.

The City of London Police’s Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department (IFED) launched an investigation into Aumran’s fraudulent claims after a referral from AXA Insurance.

AXA had discovered that Aumran had lied when he bought a home insurance policy, stating that in the previous five years he hadn’t had any policies cancelled or refused and hadn’t made any claims. He also purchased a car insurance policy and provided a false five-year no claims discount letter.

IFED’s investigation uncovered further policies linked to Aumran with Allianz, NFU Mutual and RSA Insurance Group, which he’d also been able to get by lying about his insurance history. He used aliases when buying these policies to avoid detection, and even changed his real name by deed poll to secure the policy with NFU Mutual.

Whenever Aumran was successful in obtaining a policy, he went on to make fraudulent claims for theft, burglary and damage to his property, including numerous escapes of water, according to IFED.

IFED also discovered that Aumran had provided fake referee details to secure employment at a claims management company. In his role, he would act on behalf of taxi drivers if they were involved in an accident, and assist in negotiating a settlement for vehicle repairs with the insurer of the third party involved.

In cases where liability for an accident was accepted by the third party and a settlement was reached, Aumran would provide the insurers with his own bank account details for them to pay into. In total, Aumran stole £8,919 and attempted to steal £16,882 more.

On top of this, Aumran also managed to steal £9,272 from a motor garage that had a previous contract with the claims management company, which gave them exclusivity for the repair work of accidentally damaged taxis. Aumran approached the garage to recommence the arrangement and diverted its payments into his own account.

Aumran was dismissed by the claims management company, which also found out that he’d inflated his position to provide a reference for his niece, falsely claiming she worked there too, in order to help her get a job at another company.

Aumran denied all of the allegations of fraud during his interviews.

Detective Sergeant Andy Thomas, who led the investigation for IFED, said: “It’s clear from this case that Aumran is a wholly deceitful person. He was continually dishonest to insurers over many years in order to make numerous fraudulent claims against them and he not only defrauded his employer to initially get a job, but also abused that position to steal tens of thousands of pounds.”

“His fraudulent actions and lies have eventually caught up with him, and thanks to the continued support from AXA, RSA, Aviva, Allianz and NFU Mutual throughout our investigation, we have been able to bring this serial offender to justice.”

Tom Wilson, counter fraud manager at AXA Insurance, added: “We are glad we referred a serial fraudster to IFED. This case shows industry-wide cooperation is crucial to detect insurance fraud, whether at point of claim or at point of application. We will continue to fight that constant battle to protect honest 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