A conman who deliberately caused a crash with a heavy goods vehicle (HGV) to make fraudulent insurance claims has been jailed for a year.
Tariq Mehmood was handed the 12-month sentence at Harrow Crown Court on 25 January.
His fellow gang members Ansab Rizwan and Ihtisham Gondal each received suspended sentences and 180 hours of unpaid work for their parts in the scam, while Nasser Khan – also involved – was given a 12-month community order and 100 hours unpaid work.
The scam was exposed using CCTV footage from the HGV’s in-cabin camera, supplied by their Insurance Company.
The footage showed a black Volkswagen Golf working in tandem with a blue Mercedes to induce the crash.
The Insurer referred the case and the footage to the police, and a joint investigation by the Metropolitan Police’s Operation Catcher team and the Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB) linked members of the criminal gang to induced crashes in Bedfordshire.
Investigators also identified an associated claims management company, which has since ceased trading.
Ben Fletcher, head of operations at the IFB, said the sentences the men received were testament to the insurance industry’s determination to help the police catch and convict fraudsters.
He added: “Fraudsters are putting innocent motorists in danger by deliberately causing crashes across the UK.
“This type of fraud is also costing the insurance industry almost £400 million every year, which in turn inflates premiums for honest policyholders.”
Without the footage, it would have been very difficult for the client to prove this was a ‘crash for cash’ scam.
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