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Former LV= employee at centre of bribe allegations

Former LV= employee at centre of bribe allegations

Former LV= employee at centre of bribe allegations A former insurance worker for LV= is at the centre of bribery allegations.

Stephen Karl Oates, 26, of Bournemouth, a former LV= employee, has been charged alongside Aisha Elliot, 23, from Yeovil – Oates is charged with receiving a bribe and Elliot for offering a bribe.

It is alleged that confidential data was leaked by Oates to Elliot, who worked at the time for a claims management company. Both have now appeared at Bournemouth Magistrates Court and have  been bailed to appear in Bournemouth Crown Court on October 20.

In an FT Adviser report, detective chief inspector Oliver Little from the Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department commented: “This is a significant investigation for IFED and the first time that we have charged suspects with bribery offences. 

“Fraud within the insurance industry is taken extremely seriously – whether it’s members of the public looking to submit false claims for a profit, or indeed members of staff that think it is acceptable to sell on customer data. 

“We have worked closely with LV to progress the case and we’ve issued warnings to the wider industry about unscrupulous fraudsters who will target insurance staff to try and get customer data and information from them. 

“The consequences for those who involve themselves in this sort of activity are extremely serious and we will continue to work with insurers to target the very small minority that do this.” 

Meanwhile, Martin Milliner, claims director of LV=, told the publication: “We’ve worked closely with IFED and are fully supportive of its use of the Bribery Act to bring these individuals to court. 

"The fact this matter has been referred to court hopefully sends a message that LV and the rest of the insurance industry takes bribery extremely seriously. 

“Data protection is of paramount importance to us and we have rigorous internal systems in place to detect fraudulent activity. As a result, we were able to conduct a swift and thorough internal investigation which resulted in our employee’s case being passed to IFED. 

“Bribery and fraud are serious crimes and we will always seek to bring offenders to account whether they are an unscrupulous Claims Management Company or a rogue employee.” 

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