Three men have been jailed for carrying out a ‘crash for cash’ plan on a motorway slip road in Coventry.
The car, which was carrying the three men, performed an emergency stop on the entry slip at junction three.
This caused an innocent driver behind them to collide with them at around 50mph.
Although it happened in April 2017, the men have only just been jailed.
The City of London Police’s Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department (IFED) led on the investigation and were initially made aware of the trio’s fraudulent activity through a referral from Hastings Insurance.
After the collision, all three men put in personal injury claims for whiplash.
In total, the fraudulent claims amounted to £28,161, which also comprised of car hire costs.
However, in light of the dash-cam footage and the first-hand accounts of the customer and the other drivers behind, Hastings Direct rejected the claim.
Road rage claims
When IFED questioned the driver, he stated that he’d been involved in a road rage incident with the car in front which caused him to suddenly stop on the entry slip road.
One of the men who got out of the car directly after the collision also claimed they had to brake because of a lorry travelling along the motorway.
In addition to the customer’s dash-cam footage, Hastings Direct received footage from a person who was driving behind the cars at the time of the incident.
Their footage revealed there was no lorry or indications of road rage and also showed how they and another driver had to swerve out of the way to narrowly avoid the collision themselves.
On Friday June 7 at Birmingham Crown Court, all three men pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation and were subsequently sentenced to the following:
– Mohammed Azam, 47, of Gannow Gardens, Birmingham: 25 months imprisonment.
– Husnain Ahmed, 22, of Bennetts Road, Birmingham: 25 months imprisonment.
– Sufyan Lone, 25, of Malthouse Lane, Birmingham: 20 months imprisonment.
Detective Constable Kevin Hughes, who the led the investigation for IFED, said: “These men were solely focused on making a financial gain and clearly didn’t care about endangering the innocent driver they targeted, as well as other drivers in the area.
“Despite driving at such a high speed, thankfully no-one was seriously injured and it resulted in was these men getting the punishment they rightly deserve.”
Matt Stevens, director of counter fraud at Hastings Direct, said: “We make significant investment in counter fraud operations to protect honest customers from criminal activity.
“The sentencing in this case sends out a strong message and we are delighted to work with the Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department and bring these fraudsters to justice”