Three cheers for Gwent Police and the IFB!
Despite living in mature and established social circles, I have heard people I know saying that insurance fraud "doesn't hurt anyone". I am always very quick to jump on this very hard and quote statistics on how much THEY personally pay for fraud themselves through increased premiums every year.
I ask the basic question: if they could fund criminals (organised or not) in the form of cash instead of increased premiums, would they think it was ok?
Our industry has a long way to go in fighting fraud, fighting the causes of fraud and fighting the unthinking mentality that leads so many people to think it is ok and that "Insurers pay".
There will always be organised crime but all of us have a responsibility to get this message out loud and clear at every opportunity to everyone we can. Let's see headline news and TV coverage of this too.
Sorry - my Friday rant over now - I feel a small bit better and happier that they have been caught and the police allocated resources to put this one away!
It was described as the “biggest ever” crash-for-cash investigation in Wales – and rightfully so, as the two-phase probe has ended with the prosecution of a total of 158 people. “The outcome of this case goes to show that if you commit insurance fraud you will pay the price – in this case that price has included 123 months of jail time and £127,242 in compensation orders for these fraudsters, who had little regard for the serious nature of their crimes,” said Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB) director Ben Fletcher. “While we were pleased with the outcome of phase one of this investigation, which resulted in a total of 601 months’ jail time for the 81 fraudsters, we saw an opportunity to continue the fight and ensure that everyone involved was brought to justice.”