Pair jailed for motor insurance scam

Posted on September 10th, 2012 by James Luckhurst

Pair jailed for motor insurance scamAT GEM, we like to do our bit to expose wrongdoing related to motoring. Here’s an example we are happy to share with you, relating to a sophisticated and complex motor insurance fraud scam that has put two men in jail for 12 years.

Masi Naqshbandi, 27, was sentenced to seven years and three months for conspiracy to defraud, at Croydon Crown Court in August. He had initially denied the charge, but was convicted in July after a five week trial. Fellow defendant Sabaoon Hillaman, 24, received four years and 10 months imprisonment for the same charge, which he had already admitted.

An investigation lasting nearly five years and code named Operation Saisir, looked at the dealings of an organised criminal gang, which operated under the guise of a legitimate accident management company, named ‘Real Accident Help Line’.

The gang carried out a sophisticated fraud scheme, organising and staging more than 250 road collisions, which would then lead to the gang submitting fraudulent personal injury, damage, car hire and storage claims through the company name. Detective Constable Anthony Recchia, of the Metropolitan Police’s traffic crime team, said after the hearing: “These sentences should send a clear message to anyone involved in insurance fraud that the MPS will be robust in tackling this type of crime, and anyone convicted could face similar lengthy periods of imprisonment.

“Insurance fraud is often seen as a victimless crime, but the reality is that anyone who holds a motor insurance policy is paying around an extra 50 on their policies because of such fraudsters. It is hoped that the sentences imposed by the court will act as a clear deterrent to others considering committing similar offences.”