Birmingham named England’s capital for staged road accidents

According to insurance company Aviva, Birmingham has ranked as England’s capital for fraudulent road traffic accident claims.

Aviva have revealed that 25% of 3,000 crash-for-cash scams made in 2015 were staged in Birmingham, with inner city areas of Tyseley, Sparkbrook and Sparkhill, being the hotspot for staged accidents.

The figures include fraudulent whiplash claims where innocent motorists were deliberately targeted by gangs, and accidents where gangs would damage two cars in staged car accidents.

In March 2016 a Birmingham gang were arrested following a £30,000 insurance crash-for-cash scam, when ringleader Mohammed Munir was unable to maintain payments on his Mercedes.

Insurance company RSA became suspicious following inspection of the cars and it was discovered that no call was made to the supposed recovery company, that one of Mr Munir’s accomplices was partner of.

The five men were ordered to pay a total of £10,800 compensation and sentenced to suspended jail time.

In July 2015 a former Birmingham city ladies footballer Amy Laban, was sentenced to two months in prison after filing a fake £3,000 whiplash compensation claim.

Following the claim it was discovered that Miss Laban trained for charity skydiving and continued to play football.

Tom Gardiner, head of fraud at Aviva said: “Induced accidents now account for nearly half of all organised motor fraud we detect.

“Crash for cash does not just push up premiums for genuine customers, it puts innocent motorists at risk. It is also a significant drain on scarce public resources such as ambulance, police and A&E time, all of which are wasted on these entirely bogus claims.”

Aviva have revealed that despite the number of fraudulent claims being “worrying” and close to the levels in 2014, there was a 40% drop year-on-year fall on staged accidents.

Posted on April 4th, 2016 in News

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