Moment ‘crash for cash’ fraudsters caught on camera
This is the moment fraudsters behind a ‘crash for cash’ scam were caught staging a collision in a bid to pocket insurance money.
A driver had installed a camera to his dashboard after being warned by a pal about faked, non-accidental collisions.
The driver, who has not been named, recorded the moment a silver Audi in front of him, driven by Alina Khan, braked suddenly.
According to the Manchester Evening News, the 30-year-old mother-of-three from Eric Street in Oldham, ‘slammed on the brakes in what appeared to be an emergency stop’ with ‘no reason or justification’ for her action, Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court was told.
Kamran Yasin, 32, from Brook Lane in Oldham, was driving beside the victim on the inside lane, leaving him no chance to manoeuvre out of the way.
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Prosecutor Julian Goode said Ahmed pursued an insurance claim for Khan for recovery and storage of the Audi and a courtesy car.
She also submitted a separate claim for whiplash.
All the claims, which had a potential value of £30,000, were referred to a firm of solicitors, who contacted the victim’s insurers.
The court heard Khan said on the forms that she hadn’t braked during the incident on Chester Road, Hulme, in 2011, and there were no witnesses to the collision but it had been seen by a man in a hair salon.
The in-car video footage was then assessed and an investigation launched, which led to the arrests being made by the City of London Police’s Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department.
Detectives also uncovered evidence that the silver Audi had been driven through West Yorkshire during the time it was supposedly in storage.
All three pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud.
Khan was jailed for 14 months, suspended for two years.
The bulk of the claims weren’t paid out.
Judge Angela Nield, sentencing Khan, said she had been influenced by others.
She described “crash for cash” scams as a “wicked and dangerous practice” and added: “The fact that there was a camera in the vehicle was a matter of good fortune for the driver of the vehicle and the course of justice.”
Detective Constable Mick Jones, who led the police probe, said lives were put at risk.
He added: “This fraud was planned and executed by a group of friends who decided that making phony insurance claims off the back of an induced accident was an easy way to bolster their bank accounts.”Source of Article
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