Investigators unravelling £100k ‘crash-for-cash’ scam that endangered innocent motorists – Coventry Live

Investigators are continuing to unravel a major ‘crash-for-cash’ scam that has involved innocent motorists being put at risk on the roads of Coventry.

Dozens of deliberate collisions were staged across the West Midlands between November 2018 and March 2019. The organised crime group is thought to have coined up to £100,000 in fake insurance injury claims by staging the collisions. West Midlands Police said this week that the investigation is gathering pace after a fourth arrest on Wednesday (July 15).

The 33-year-old man was apprehended on suspicion of dangerous driving and fraud by officers who carried out a 7am raid on his home in Bordesley Green, Birmingham.

It follows the arrests of men aged 34 and 45 who were detained at Birmingham addresses in March 2019 and the previous month a 30-year-old was arrested in Lichfield. They have been released under investigation while investigators gather evidence. Seizures to date include several vehicles believed to have been used to commit the offences.

Detective Inspector Kerrie Martin, from the force’s Economic Crime Unit, said: “Offenders will jam their brakes on at roundabouts in a bid to force the following vehicle to crash into them. They will then claim to have suffered whiplash and make substantial insurance claims.

“Our suspicion is these men have claimed around £100,000 from bogus insurance claims – but we are running a wider operation into an organised crime group, alongside the Insurance Fraud Bureau, that may have made millions from this scam over the last two years.”

The region has been identified as a UK crash-for-cash ‘hot spot’ by the Insurance Fraud Bureau, with the police force confirming some of the accidents have been staged in Coventry.

Stephen Dalton, Head of Intelligence and Investigations at the bureau, said: “Insurance scams like crash-for-cash put innocent members of the public at serious risk of harm, just so fraudsters can try to line their pockets by making bogus insurance claims. 

“We’re pleased positive progress has been made and we’ll continue to work in partnership with West Midlands Police to disrupt those responsible for orchestrating such reckless schemes.” 

Anyone with evidence of insurance fraud can contact the IFB’s  confidential Cheatline service.

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