A covert anti-fraud unit-led sting operation successfully brought to justice a conman who had assumed the stolen identities of other unwitting people so as to arrange fake motor insurance policies. The accused party also pretended to be a care assistant who had been (fraudulently) involved in a number of road traffic accidents, according to a news piece which originally appeared in www.fleetnews.co.uk. The accused’s well-conceived rouse revolved around the acquiring of hire cars as a result of reporting the fake accidents which he’d staged, which he then wouldn’t return to the hire company once the booking period has expired; as the anti-fraud unit learned that the accused had planned to accumulate a collection of stolen vehicles worth in the region of £200k.
The law finally caught up with the accused after they themselves fell victim to a sting orchestrated by the anti-fraud unit, who were lying in wait when they attempted to hire yet another vehicle from an accident management company. On being captured, the accused eventually pleaded guilty to the 2 counts of conspiracy to make false motor insurance claims and attempt to acquire courtesy cars, before the judge at Preston Crown Court took time out to consider the verdict recently. Various news sources report that the accused is facing up to a custodial sentence once they return to the dock in June to discover the outcome of the case.
Conman Goes Down Different Route to Personal injury Claim Scammers Who Duplicitously Stage Fake Crashes, By Attempting to Steal Hire Cars
Explaining just how the accused had managed to seemingly get away with their devious plan for so long, the court heard how they’d used a collection of false IDs to make car hire bookings, before changing the delivery locations at the last minute, with all parties learning that the accused would typically re-arrange for the hand-over of the hire vehicles to take place in the North of England. To perpetuate the deceitfulness the accused routinely employed, they would ask that hand-overs occurred at medical facilities where they claimed either to be employed at the time or visiting ill relatives. Discovering how the accused fabricated the initial crashes which triggered the subsequent claims, it was pointed out that they staged these road incidents in the South of England and both the East and West Midlands and proceed to quickly dispose of a hire car provided once obtained, prior to assuming a new identity and approaching a different hire company next time around.
Right up until the juncture at which the anti-fraud unit became actively involved in the end game, some £200,000 pounds’ worth of vehicles literally disappeared without trace, with the hire companies involved having no means by which to trace the conman responsible for the spate of scams. Having been monitored for a while, during which time the anti-fraud unit compiled a compendium of circumstantial evidence which placed the finger of suspicion firmly on the accused party, they were finally caught up with when duped into being handed over a hire car by people working in with the crime-fighting unit. The Head of Investigative Services commented that the accused had – in their words – “obviously figured out what he thought was a fool-proof way to steal cars”, going on to elaborate on the false IDs used and the reporting of fictitious crashes, yet outlined just how this particular case differed from the more habitual personal injury claim scams widely used by adding the accused was instead; “intent on stealing the hire cars and has gone to great lengths to achieve this.”