Insurance Fraud Investigators Group
8 views | +0 today
Follow
Insurance Fraud Investigators Group
Insurance Fraud Investigators Group is a Members’ Organisation dedicated to the detection and prevention of Insurance Fraud. It is a non-profit making organisation created to tackle the growing problem of Insurance Fraud in the UK and disrupt insurance fraudsters. visit us at http://www.ifig.org
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by Jamison Slovinsky
Scoop.it!

Insurance Fraud Investigators Group: Injury Claim Mum Faces Jail

Insurance Fraud Investigators Group: Injury Claim Mum Faces Jail | Insurance Fraud Investigators Group | Scoop.it
Lawyers for Homes for Haringey told the judge that Barbara Fari lied about how badly she was hurt when she tripped on paving.
Jamison Slovinsky's insight:
Barbara Fari, who exaggerated an injury to claim £750,000 compensation, has been given a three-month jail sentence. The sentence given at London's High Court has been deferred pending any appeal being brought. But High Court judge Mr Justice Spencer stayed the term - half of which Fari would have to serve before her automatic release - pending any appeal. If an appeal is not lodged by November 29, discontinued or dismissed, she will have to go to jail. Lawyers for Homes for Haringey told the judge that Fari, who is 60 on Saturday, lied about how badly she was hurt when she tripped on uneven paving and twisted her right knee in May 2008. The organization, which manages council housing in the north London borough, admitted liability and offered her £7,500. However, she instead chose to pursue a massive claim which was only struck out by a judge in October 2012 after covert video evidence revealed a huge difference between how she presented at medical examinations and when she was out and about near her home in Hornsey. Last week, Mr. Justice Spencer ruled that Fari and her husband, Piper, were both in contempt of court. Fari was found to have presented a "grossly false" picture of her continuing symptoms to doctors and in legal documents and her husband was found to be complicit in the charade. Fari's husband received a two-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months. Sentencing the couple, the judge said: "The courts have made it very clear that those who make false claims and are caught out must expect to go to prison. "There is no other way to underline the gravity of such conduct and deter those who may be tempted to make such claims, no other way to improve the administration of justice."
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Jamison Slovinsky
Scoop.it!

Hero firefighter Anthony Murray jailed for insurance scam after sports car torched behind fire station

Hero firefighter Anthony Murray jailed for insurance scam after sports car torched behind fire station | Insurance Fraud Investigators Group | Scoop.it
Arriving at court: Anthony Murray was jailed for five years
Jamison Slovinsky's insight:

A once heroic fireman was today jailed for five years for organizing his sports car to be torched behind his own FIRE STATION in a brazen con.

 

Bungling Anthony Murray arranged for his BMW to be set ablaze as he tried to cheat insurance firms into giving him a pay-out for the deliberate damage.

 

The 41-year-old even recruited a pal to make a hoax call to get his firefighter pals away from the scene so he could put his plan into action.

 

Murray - nicknamed Chunk - got into financial difficulty as he struggled to pay back the loan for the £47,000 sports car.

 

Judge Stephen Everett, at Liverpool Crown Court, told him: “You gave yourself what you must have thought was the perfect alibi because you were nowhere near the car when it was set on fire.

 

“Greed was at the heart of the offending for both of you. Both of you had built up debts over a period of time.”

 

The incident is a marked fall from grace for the once-hero who was handed a commendation four years ago for saving the life of a 77-year-old woman.

 

Scheming Murray recruited pal Gareth Collier to torch the BMW Alpina alight despite it being parked just yards from his own workplace, behind Skelmersdale fire station in West Lancashire.

 

Father-of-one Murray then wrote a series of threatening letters which suggested that someone else was responsible for the fire, which left two more vehicles damaged.

 

It comes four years after his bravery in 2009 when Murray sprang into action to pull a pensioner out of her home after she collapsed following a chip pan blaze.

 

Then, his bosses praised his valiant actions by telling Murray: “There is no doubt that the courageous and prompt actions saved Dorothy Ashcroft’s life.”

 

Today, his barrister Keith Harrison said: “It was an enormous fall from grace. He has made the fall from pinnacle to pit.”

 

Murray, from Wigan, Greater Manchester, admitted conspiracy to commit arson and two offences of fraud involving separate insurance companies, committed between September and November last year.

 

Gareth Collier, 33, from Wigan, pleaded guilty to the arson plot and possessing a knuckleduster, and was jailed for two years three months.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Jamison Slovinsky
Scoop.it!

Insurance Fraud Investigators Group: Leeds solicitor jailed for tax fraud

Insurance Fraud Investigators Group: Leeds solicitor jailed for tax fraud | Insurance Fraud Investigators Group | Scoop.it
A solicitor from Leeds has been jailed for 21 months after he attempted to pocket £133,000 in a tax fraud.
Jamison Slovinsky's insight:

 

Timothy Thomas Rogers, 35, owner of Rogers & Co Solicitors in Leeds, was caught by investigators from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) after they discovered discrepancies in property sales where he had acted as the convincing solicitor.

 

Investigators found that Rogers had altered legal documents to reduce the amount of Stamp Duty due on properties bought by his clients.

 

However, he then charged them the full amount and simply pocketed the difference.

 

In an attempt to cover up the fraud he submitted Land Registry documents showing the true purchase price for the properties. HMRC investigators uncovered eight property transactions in which Rogers had defrauded his clients.

 

Rogers submitted false VAT refund claims totaling more than £79,000 between April 2011 and June 2011.

 

He was caught out when he refused to hand over the paperwork needed to support his claims. He also pleaded guilty to fraud after deducting more than £4,000 in Income Tax and National Insurance contributions from his two employees, but again he simply pocketed the cash.

 

Jo Tyler, assistant director of criminal investigation at HMRC, said: "As a solicitor, Timothy Rogers knew only too well what the consequences of his actions would be. To abuse the trust of clients and employees was a despicable act, trying to steal money that had been paid by them in good faith to meet their tax liabilities.

 

"Today's sentence should serve as a reminder to those who hold positions of trust that the justice system takes a firm line on those who fall foul of the law."

 

Rogers was arrested and questioned by officers from HMRC and later charged with two counts of cheating the public revenue and was sentenced today to 21 months in prison by Her Honour Judge Cahill at Leeds Crown Court.

 

Rogers & Co Solicitors is registered to an address at Sandringham Avenue in Knottingley. Timothy Thomas Rogers is listed as the sole director.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Jamison Slovinsky
Scoop.it!

Insurance Fraud Investigators Group: Heartbreak for car crash conman

Insurance Fraud Investigators Group: Heartbreak for car crash conman | Insurance Fraud Investigators Group | Scoop.it
DS Mark Forster,IFED, Tom Gardiner, Head of Fraud, Aviva, Thunder Storm Cars , Heartbreak, of Boston Gardens, Brentford, IFIG insurance Fraud investigators group
Jamison Slovinsky's insight:

A conman who invented 12 car crashes in two years using multiple aliases and scrapped cars to scam £65,000 from an insurer has been jailed for 18 months.

 

Kevin Heartbreak was sentenced at the Old Bailey today (Thursday 23 May 2013) after admitting that he insured scrap cars with Aviva under assumed names and then reported the cars were in accidents. And, between July 2010 and August 2012, while trading as Thunder Storm Cars, he also lodged bogus damage and whiplash claims as well as car recovery and storage claims.

 

But 28-year-old Heartbreak came unstuck when Aviva established that Thunder Storm Cars was not storing the vehicles alleged to have been involved and the insurer made a referral to the City of London Police Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department (IFED).

 

IFED detectives arrested Heartbreak at his rented flat in Middlesex in August 2012 and seized pay-as-you-go mobile phones, identity documents, vehicle documents and computers.

 

Some of the mobile phones had notes stuck to them bearing two names, a telephone number and the name of an insurer. Detectives suspect the notes acted as an aid to remind Heartbreak of the fabricated names he had reported were involved in each fictional crash using a specific mobile phone.

 

The identity documents revealed Heartbreak, of Boston Gardens, Brentford, had changed his name by deed poll numerous times since 2008. Detectives believe this allowed him to legitimately obtain identity documents, including driving licenses, in different names.

  

Heartbreak was subsequently charged with 12 counts of fraud by false representation, one count of money laundering and another of possession of a false identity document. He later pleaded guilty to 11 counts of fraud by false representation.

 

DS Mark Forster, who led IFED’s investigation, said: “Heartbreak was a con artist who carefully choreographed every aspect of the crashes, including changing his name, in an attempt to avoid detection.

 

“However, the personal greed that drove him to re-offend ultimately led to his downfall, with the insurer discovering his scam and then IFED investigating and stopping his criminal enterprise."

 

IFED has begun financial confiscation proceedings against Heartbreak.

 

Tom Gardiner, Head of Fraud, Aviva, said, “This is another example of systematic and organised motor and personal injury fraud, and of insurers’ increasing ability to detect and work with others prosecute these crimes.

 

“In this instance, Aviva identified the fraud through matching personal details involving fictitious policyholders and claimants for multiple bogus claims worth tens of thousands of pounds. This prosecution sends a clear message to would-be fraudsters that insurers are increasingly detecting fraud and working with the police and criminal justice agencies to successfully prosecute those responsible.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Jamison Slovinsky
Scoop.it!

Insurance Fraud Investigators Group: Report Insurance Fraud

Insurance Fraud Investigators Group: Report Insurance Fraud | Insurance Fraud Investigators Group | Scoop.it
Link from IFIG to report insurance fraud activity to the IFB Cheatline
Jamison Slovinsky's insight:

Insurance Fraud is a crime, and you can help prevent it.

 

If you know of any individual(s) who have either attempted to defraud an insurer or are planning to do so, then you can report that activity here.

 

Call the IFB Cheat line on 0800 422 0421.

 

IFIG works closely with the Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB) to ensure that information provided by the public is acted upon promptly and effectively in order to detect and prevent insurance fraud.

 

All information provided, by telephone or on-line, will be treated in strictest confidence.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Jamison Slovinsky
Scoop.it!

Insurance Fraud Investigators Group: Secretary of State for the Home Department

Insurance Fraud Investigators Group: Secretary of State for the Home Department | Insurance Fraud Investigators Group | Scoop.it

As part of the government’s reforms to policing and the fight against serious and organized crime, I have decided to close the National Fraud Authority and realign its responsibilities to reflect the creation of the National Crime Agency.

 

The National Crime Agency, with its Economic Crime Command, will bring a single national focus to cutting economic crime and will lead and coordinate the national fight against fraud, working with law enforcement agencies, regulators, government and the public, private and voluntary sectors. While the National Fraud Authority has been successful in raising awareness of fraud and improving co-ordination, the focus should now be on cutting economic crime. The National Fraud Authority will close by 31 March 2014 and its functions will be transferred as follows:

 

strategic development and threat analysis will be led by the National Crime AgencyAction Fraud, the national fraud and financially-motivated internet crime reporting centre, will become the responsibility of the City of London Police, to create a stronger end-to-end fraud reporting and analysis systemwork to raise awareness of fraud, including delivery of the national e-confidence campaign, will transfer to the Home Officedevelopment of the Counter-fraud Checking Service will be led by the Cabinet Office

 

The closure of the National Fraud Authority will strengthen the government’s fight against economic crime by concentrating effort into law enforcement bodies and improving the fraud reporting and analysis service. The changes will further support the National Crime Agency’s role in leading the fight against serious and organized crime.

more...
No comment yet.