A married couple from Greenleaf Way, Harrow has been ordered to spend a year behind bars for a £18,000 health insurance fraud that spanned over a decade.
Rehman and Shagufta Khan have been sentenced at the Old Bailey to 12 months of imprisonment after pleading guilty to charges of fraud by false representation.
The pair were charged in March 2015 for making 245 fraudulent claims from 2002 to 2012 that had payouts totalling £18,827.
The couple, which took out health plan policies with Simplyhealth, said that the claims were for treatment they supposedly received at various medical and healthcare centres.
However, some of the supposed healthcare providers denied having records of the medical treatment that the Khans claimed to have received.
Further checks on previous claims and invoices discovered that the couple had been submitting fraudulent claims for the entire duration of the policies.
Police officers arrested the Khans in January 2014 and found that they were either making up invoices or altering the genuine ones to get bigger payouts.
Various documents, templates and fake invoices were retrieved from the couple’s computers along with “paid” stamps that they used to try and authenticate papers.
“Rehman and Shagufta carried out their fraud over a number of years and went to great lengths to try and avoid detection, going as far as buying stamps to try and give the invoices an air of authenticity,” said financial investigator Simon Styles.
“They were also claiming for relatively small amounts each time as they thought it would keep their criminality under the radar,” he aded.
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