Individual found guilty of attempting to defraud insurer by illegally pursuing multiple unfounded personal injury claims
A 34-year old factory worker from Essex has received a 12-month community order and told to pay costs totalling £145 whilst attending the City of London Magistrates Court recently.
The defendant stood accused (and was ultimately found guilty) of three counts of fraudulently submitting groundless personal injury claims, and as punishment was told they had to carry out 80 hours of unpaid community service in recognition of their attempting to illegally extract monies from an insurance provider.
The defendant passed a plea of guilty in connection with all three charges which they faced, and comes at the end of an investigation undertaken by the City of London Police’s Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department. The IFED discovered that the defendant originally submitted a bona fide claim for personal injury back in 2001, in the wake of sustaining an injury while employed in a factory environment at the time; and duly went on to receive a sum of £5,000 compensation in accordance with the injuries suffered.
However a number of years after this initial (and legitimate) claim, the defendant was found to have submitted additional false claims for a period between 2010 and 2014, whereby they fraudulently used what the court heard was similar details and sets of circumstances to the 2001 instance, despite having only worked at the factory in question for just 3 days over a decade earlier.
The IFED Detective Constable leading this particular case concurred that the defendant believed that any perceivable risks involved in going down this route of deception were minimal, and subsequently instructed a No Win No Fee* personal injury claims-specialising solicitor to represent them in their duplicitous endeavour; their mis-guided understanding being that at best they’d be awarded a further compensation pay-out, with the worst case scenario being a rejected claim.
They clearly didn’t bank on such scrutineering powers getting in on the act and the wheels of justice turning so comprehensively, and inevitably the defendant’s web of deceit was finally exposed.
As the detective constable explains; “Submitting a false claim is a criminal offence. I hope the story of this case acts as a warning to others who think it is OK to make a false claim.”
Bordering on bemused at the situation which unfolded, a spokesperson for the insurance company caught up in this attempted personal injury claim scam concluded; “I’m not sure why (the defendant) thought they could get away with submitting multiple fraudulent claims for injuries when they weren’t even working for the company at the time.”