Eleven people have been sentenced to a total of over 42 years in prison for their involvement in a crash-for-cash scam that potentially cost insurers more than £500,000.
The gang members were convicted for conspiracy to defraud following a trial earlier this year, according to the Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB), which investigated the individuals along with the Derbyshire Police.
Those sent to prison were Mohammed Asghar, Dharminder Nagra and Davinder Nagra, the three main orchestrators. Also sentenced were Nasir Ahmed, Adam Stark, Martin Walker, Arsalan Hussain, Liam Swinfield, Dorothy Baker, Nicola Brown and Anthony Walker.
The crime group went out on the roads to target members of the public and crash into their vehicles. Using their unregulated claims management companies, Derby Enterprise and TTM Recovery, the fraudsters then submitted fake claims to insurers for supposed personal injuries.
According to the IFB, the gang was connected to more than 100 claims going back to 2011 and had a “far-reaching impact” across the insurance industry.
“There’s not only a physical impact but also a substantial cost associated, as we estimate crash for cash costs the industry £336 million a year,” said IFB director Ben Fletcher.
“This is a financial burden on insurers, but it’s ultimately premium-paying motorists who are footing the bill for fraudsters,” he added.