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Claims Handler Jailed

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A Welsh insurance claims handler was jailed for 17 months on Friday 2 August 2013 after stealing £39 000 from his employer to settle pay-day loans and drug debts. 

Christian Williams, 22, was sentenced at Cardiff Crown Court after being found guilty of five counts of fraud by abuse of position.
The South Wales Argus reports that Williams, of Stanwell Road in Penarth, entered his Newport office in the middle of the night several times between August 2012 and January 2013 and used his manager’s computer details to pay himself money.
He re-opened four genuine household insurance claims that had been closed and where no settlement had been paid to the claimant. He also made three fraudulent payments into his ex-partner’s bank account and a further payment into his own bank account.
Williams’ employer engaged the Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department in February this year after it noticed two payments had been made to the same account.
In a police interview, Williams admitted to stealing his manager’s computer details because the manager could sign-off up to £10 000 compared to the £1000 Williams could sign-off. He also admitted to spending the money on a car and holidays.
DC Andy Jackson, who led the IFED investigation, said: “Williams took the decision that his employer was going to be the one to foot the bill for his pay-day loans and drug debts.”
“Unfortunately for him, the close checks conducted by his employer swiftly led to decisive action by IFED which today leaves him facing 17 months behind bars.”


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