30 September, 2014
The City of London Police Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department (IFED) has arrested eleven people for involvement in false or exaggerated personal injury claims.
Sixty IFED officers made eleven arrests across the Country in the following areas: Cleveland, Essex, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Leicestershire, West Midlands and West Yorkshire. A further four people were brought in by IFED officers for questioning.
A number of claims are under investigation, including a £200,000 claim for ongoing medical treatment following an RTA, a £15,000 claim for injuries sustained following a fall in a supermarket in Bradford and a £8500 claim for injuries incurred after an alleged slipping accident in a London College Canteen.
DCI Dave Wood, Head of IFED, said: "Today's 'trip and slip' day of action marks a major step forward in our nationwide investigation targeting people suspected of trying to con insurers with bogus insurance claims."
He went on to comment,"It may seem like a quick and easy way to bolster your bank balance but the reality is that those who lie about injuries suffered in real or fictitious accidents can also expect an early morning knock at their door from IFED detectives."
The arrests are a welcome announcement and are vindication of the work currently being undertaken by Forbes' Anti Fraud Team. Casualty fraud is, and has been for some time, a significant problem often overlooked by those focusing on motor claims fraud. This area of investigation is now receiving the focus and resource it properly deserves with the aim of interrupting the cycle of criminal activity which costs the insurance industry an estimated £2.1billion annually.
If you have any concerns about a possible fraudulent claim or would like any advice on this issue then please do not hesitate to contact Christopher Booth, Forbes' Anti Fraud Team Manager on 01254 662831 or email Chris Booth.