Accident Claims Specialists (ACS), a claims management company based in Newcastle became the subject of an investigation by both Northumbria Police and the Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB), following a complaint made to Police in 2006.
In October 2010, Police raided both their business premises and homes, seizing thousands of documents and accident claims files, discovering evidence of claims for fictitious accidents, inflated personal injury and credit hire claims following genuine incidents.
On Friday, Newcastle Crown Court sentenced Directors of ACS, Shakir Javid & Amjed Malik Iqbal to three years and two years four months in prison, respectively. A third man Zaffa Hussain, pleaded guilty to one count of false representation after a fictitious insurance claim for which he arranged to crash two cars into each other, defrauding an Insurance company of nearly £14,000 in the process.
Ben Fletcher, Director of the IFB said: “These convictions conclude several years of joint investigation by Northumbria Police and the Insurance industry. Given that many of the fraudulent claims submitted did not look overly suspicious in isolation, the fact the scam was exposed is testament to the industry’s ‘zero tolerance’ stance towards fraud”