Six more people have been arrested by Gwent police as part of Operation Dino, an on-going investigation into a suspected ‘Crash for Cash’ fraud ring.
Officers made the arrests following an investigation into suspicious claims referred by insurers and the Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB).
The latest arrests coming on top of the 34 people already arrested, all of whom remain on police bail.
The bureau added that the investigation focused on a repair garage called ‘EASIFIX’, formerly known as ‘St David’s Crash Repair’.
“Around £50 is added to every premium to cover the costs of fraud, so honest policyholders ultimately pick up the bill for ‘Crash for Cash’ gangs motivated by greed.” said Ben Fletcher, head of operations at the IFB He concluded: “Unfortunately, ‘Crash for Cash’ scams are being plotted up and down the country. The IFB is currently managing 40 live Operations with police forces across the UK. The collective value of the scams under investigations tops £66.6m. Fraudsters will be caught and will face the full force of the law.”
Detective Chief Inspector Jeremy Rogers, who heads up Operation Dino, commented: “Motor insurance fraud is not a victimless crime and law abiding motorists pick up the bill for fraudsters. Pre-planned scams cost the motor insurance industry and policyholders millions of pounds every year and our job is to bring those involved to justice.