Gang deliberately smashes cars to defraud insurance companiesBy Mason White 11:27 AM November 28, 2014
|(From left to right) Malik Manzoor Ahmad,
Malik Mazhar Ahmad, Jamal Akbar, and Mashood Ahmed
By: Feng Qian
Members of a criminal gang were arrested on charges of fraud after deliberately smashing cars to defraud insurance companies, prosecutors in the United Kingdom said.
Now, four men were sentenced to prison at the Croydon Crown Court for their roles in the fraudulent insurance claims totaling more than £290,000 ($455,000).
The defendants were found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud against the insurance industry, following a three year investigation.
Malik Manzoor Ahmad, 54, of Strasburg Road, Battersea, SW11, was sentenced to three and a half years in prison.
His son, Malik Mazhar Ahmad, 26, of Harbut Road, Wandsworth, SW18, was sentenced to three and a half years in prison.
Jamal Akbar, 40, of Blagdon Road, New Malden, KT3, was sentenced to two years in prison. Mashood Ahmed, 30, of Stanley Avenue, Bristol, was sentenced to 12 months in prison suspended for two years.
He was also ordered to carry out 250 hours unpaid work.
Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Service Roads and Transport Policing Command Operation Catcher team commenced an investigation into the activities of “Star Accident Claims Management” based in Southfields, Wandsworth, SW18.
The investigation identified that the four defendants took part in induced collisions as well as the processing of claims relating to induced collisions committed by unknown parties.
The defendants falsified documentation in relation to claimants and made up details of false witnesses to add weight to the claims submitted by the company.
The investigation took a sample of twenty six claims, valued at £290,961, which amounted to a financial loss to insurance companies of £102,984 ($161,600) in paid claims.
Collisions were vastly exaggerated in relation to the injuries sustained and damage caused, and were found to have been supported by false testimony of false witnesses.
Some even had claims for passengers who were not present at the time of the collision. Many of the collisions were classic induced collisions involving decoy vehicles on roundabouts or at junctions.
Signatures on some of the claims were found to be forged with claimants denying any knowledge of the claims or having been told the claims had been discontinued.