Fraudsters convicted of cash for crash insurance scamPark Square Barristers
Katherine Robinson and Georgina Coade have successfully prosecuted a group of fraudsters for conspiring to defraud law firms, by referring them claims for fictitious road traffic accidents. The defendants incepted insurance policies for people who did not exist, paid for them using fraudulently obtained bank cards, and then posed as claims management companies and sold false accidents to unsuspecting law firms. The Defendants were paid for the leads, before the law firms found out that they were entirely fabricated. Between 2011 and 2014 the Defendants made around 300 false referrals to law firms all around the UK, which netted them around £167,000. Many more claims were referred by them, which the law firms did not pay for, as they became suspicious. The central players in the conspiracy – Israr Hussain and Shazad Shad – each received 4.5 years imprisonment. The fraud was uncovered by investigators from the City of London Police’s Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department, in partnership with West Yorkshire Police.