Crash-for-Cash

By March 18, 2016Uncategorized
Group of 5 men found guilty of attempted £30,000 fraud against RSA and get suspended jail sentences

A group of five men pleaded guilty in an insurance fraud case and as a result have received suspended sentences and ordered to pay a total of £10,800 in compensation.

  • Mohammed Munir: 10 months imprisonment, suspended for two years, ordered to pay £1,250 compensation and complete 200 hours unpaid work. Also handed four month suspended sentence for money laundering and told to pay £1,000 costs.
  • Maqsood Ahmed, 38, of Seven Acres Road, Halesowen: 10 months suspended imprisonment, with 200 hours unpaid work, £1,250 compensation and £1,000 costs.
  • Khalid Mahmood, 25, of Lea Hall Road: Nine months suspended imprisonment,160 hours unpaid work, £1,000 compensation and £2,000 costs.
  • Kashif Mahmood, 23, of Lea Hall Road: Four months suspended imprisonment, 80 hours unpaid work, £650 compensation and £1,000 costs.
  • Naveed Mohammed, 25, of Bromfield Road: Four months suspended imprisonment, 80 hours unpaid work, £650 compensation and £1,000 costs.

Police have smashed a Birmingham crash-for-cash gang who tried to claim £30,000 in insurance payments by staging a road traffic accident.

Mohammed Munir, 28, roped in accomplices for the elaborate scam because he could not afford to keep up repayments on his Mercedes.

The gang were arrested after his insurance company, RSA, became suspicious and discovered that no phonecalls had been made to a supposed recovery company
On 8 July 2013, Maqsood Ahmed, 38, of Seven Acres Road, Halesowen, told his insurer, RSA, that he was involved in a crash while driving his Citroen on Lea
Hall Rd in Birmingham the day before.

Ahmed told RSA he was driving when he bent down to pick up a phone that had been dropped by a passenger and lost control, hitting a parked Mercedes C63
AMG.

The owner of the Mercedes, Mohammed Munir, 28, of Bowyer Road, Birmingham,contacted RSA later that day to report the damage.

Two passengers in Ahmed’s car, Khalid, 25, and Kashif, 23, Mahmood of Lea Hall Road, Birmingham, also filed personal injury claims totalling more than £8,000 through a company, Road Accident Help.

Both vehicles were recovered by Road Accident Help and when collected by RSA, the insurer was charged excessively high fees for two days in storage.

When RSA’s engineers examined the two cars, they noted the damage to the vehicles was not consistent with the story given. The insurer became suspicious and referred the case to the Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department (IFED) for investigation.

Four men were arrested on 21 January 2014 and detectives found messages on Munir’s phone that outlined his struggle to pay for finance on the car and that
he had arranged the staged crash in Birmingham for the insurance payment.

A partner in Road Accident Help, Naveed Mohammed, 25, was interviewed in May 2015 and initially claimed Ahmed and Munir called for recovery of the vehicles but call records did not show this.

The five were charged with conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation, with Munir also charged with money laundering, relating to the benefit he
received from the hire car provided by RSA