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Insurance Fraud Investigators Group

Insurance Fraud Investigators Group

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    Barbara Fari, who exaggerated an injury to claim £750,000 compensation, has been given a three-month jail sentence.

    The sentence given at London's High Court has been deferred pending any appeal being brought.

    But High Court judge Mr Justice Spencer stayed the term - half of which Fari would have to serve before her automatic release - pending any appeal.

    If an appeal is not lodged by November 29, discontinued or dismissed, she will have to go to jail.

    Lawyers for Homes for Haringey told the judge that Fari, who is 60 on Saturday, lied about how badly she was hurt when she tripped on uneven paving and twisted her right knee in May 2008.

    The organization, which manages council housing in the north London borough, admitted liability and offered her £7,500.

    However, she instead chose to pursue a massive claim which was only struck out by a judge in October 2012 after covert video evidence revealed a huge difference between how she presented at medical examinations and when she was out and about near her home in Hornsey.

    Last week, Mr. Justice Spencer ruled that Fari and her husband, Piper, were both in contempt of court.

    Fari was found to have presented a "grossly false" picture of her continuing symptoms to doctors and in legal documents and her husband was found to be complicit in the charade.

    Fari's husband received a two-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months.

    Sentencing the couple, the judge said: "The courts have made it very clear that t...

  • A conman who invented 12 car crashes in two years using multiple aliases and scrapped cars to scam £65,000 from an insurer has been jailed for 18 months.

    Kevin Heartbreak was sentenced at the Old Bailey today (Thursday 23 May 2013) after admitting that he insured scrap cars with Aviva under assumed names and then reported the cars were in accidents. And, between July 2010 and August 2012, while trading as Thunder Storm Cars, he also lodged bogus damage and whiplash claims as well as car recovery and storage claims.

    But 28-year-old Heartbreak came unstuck when Aviva established that Thunder Storm Cars was not storing the vehicles alleged to have been involved and the insurer made a referral to the City of London Police Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department (IFED).

    IFED detectives arrested Heartbreak at his rented flat in Middlesex in August 2012 and seized pay-as-you-go mobile phones, identity documents, vehicle documents and computers.

    Some of the mobile phones had notes stuck to them bearing two names, a telephone number and the name of an insurer. Detectives suspect the notes acted as an aid to remind Heartbreak of the fabricated names he had reported were involved in each fictional crash using a specific mobile phone.

    The identity documents revealed Heartbreak, of Boston Gardens, Brentford, had changed his name by deed poll numerous times since 2008. Detectives believe this allowed him to legitimately obtain identity documents, including driving licenses, in differe...

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    A once heroic fireman was today jailed for five years for organizing his sports car to be torched behind his own FIRE STATION in a brazen con.

    Bungling Anthony Murray arranged for his BMW to be set ablaze as he tried to cheat insurance firms into giving him a pay-out for the deliberate damage.

    The 41-year-old even recruited a pal to make a hoax call to get his firefighter pals away from the scene so he could put his plan into action.

    Murray - nicknamed Chunk - got into financial difficulty as he struggled to pay back the loan for the £47,000 sports car.

    Judge Stephen Everett, at Liverpool Crown Court, told him: “You gave yourself what you must have thought was the perfect alibi because you were nowhere near the car when it was set on fire.

    “Greed was at the heart of the offending for both of you. Both of you had built up debts over a period of time.”

    The incident is a marked fall from grace for the once-hero who was handed a commendation four years ago for saving the life of a 77-year-old woman.

    Scheming Murray recruited pal Gareth Collier to torch the BMW Alpina alight despite it being parked just yards from his own workplace, behind Skelmersdale fire station in West Lancashire.

    Father-of-one Murray then wrote a series of threatening letters which suggested that someone else was responsible for the fire, which left two more vehicles damaged.

    It comes four years after his bravery in 2009 when Murray sprang into action to pull a pensioner out of her home after ...

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    Insurance Fraud is a crime, and you can help prevent it.

    If you know of any individual(s) who have either attempted to defraud an insurer or are planning to do so, then you can report that activity here.

    Call the IFB Cheat line on 0800 422 0421.

    IFIG works closely with the Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB) to ensure that information provided by the public is acted upon promptly and effectively in order to detect and prevent insurance fraud.

    All information provided, by telephone or on-line, will be treated in strictest confidence.

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    A solicitor from Leeds has been jailed for 21 months after he attempted to pocket £133,000 in a tax fraud.

    Timothy Thomas Rogers, 35, owner of Rogers & Co Solicitors in Leeds, was caught by investigators from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) after they discovered discrepancies in property sales where he had acted as the convincing solicitor.

    Investigators found that Rogers had altered legal documents to reduce the amount of Stamp Duty due on properties bought by his clients.

    However, he then charged them the full amount and simply pocketed the difference.

    In an attempt to cover up the fraud he submitted Land Registry documents showing the true purchase price for the properties. HMRC investigators uncovered eight property transactions in which Rogers had defrauded his clients.

    Rogers submitted false VAT refund claims totaling more than £79,000 between April 2011 and June 2011.

    He was caught out when he refused to hand over the paperwork needed to support his claims. He also pleaded guilty to fraud after deducting more than £4,000 in Income Tax and National Insurance contributions from his two employees, but again he simply pocketed the cash.

    Jo Tyler, assistant director of criminal investigation at HMRC, said: "As a solicitor, Timothy Rogers knew only too well what the consequences of his actions would be. To abuse the trust of clients and employees was a despicable act, trying to steal money that had been paid by them in good faith to meet their tax liabilit...

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    As part of the government’s reforms to policing and the fight against serious and organized crime, I have decided to close the National Fraud Authority and realign its responsibilities to reflect the creation of the National Crime Agency.

    The National Crime Agency, with its Economic Crime Command, will bring a single national focus to cutting economic crime and will lead and coordinate the national fight against fraud, working with law enforcement agencies, regulators, government and the public, private and voluntary sectors. While the National Fraud Authority has been successful in raising awareness of fraud and improving co-ordination, the focus should now be on cutting economic crime. The National Fraud Authority will close by 31 March 2014 and its functions will be transferred as follows:

    • strategic development and threat analysis will be led by the National Crime Agency • Action Fraud, the national fraud and financially-motivated internet crime reporting centre, will become the responsibility of the City of London Police, to create a stronger end-to-end fraud reporting and analysis system • work to raise awareness of fraud, including delivery of the national e-confidence campaign, will transfer to the Home Office • development of the Counter-fraud Checking Service will be led by the Cabinet Office

    The closure of the National Fraud Authority will strengthen the government’s fight against economic crime by concentrating effort into law enforcement bodies and ...

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    The Insurance Fraud Bureau, which investigates organized fraud, says it is examining more cases involving ghost brokers than they ever have before Con men are targeting motorists looking for cheap car insurance online and selling them bogus policies.

    The fraudsters pose as genuine insurance brokers, known as ghost brokers.

    The scam raked in £500,000 for crooks last year.

    The Insurance Fraud Bureau, which investigates organized fraud, says it is examining more cases than ever before.

    Ben Fletcher, director at the bureau, said: “Over the last 18 months we have seen a marked increase in ghost broking scams.

    “The scale of these scams is breathtaking and each one can potentially leave motorists out of pocket and inadvertently driving without insurance.

    “We advise all motorists to be extra vigilant when buying insurance and particularly wary of any deal that seems too good to be true.”

    Driving without valid insurance is illegal and could leave you with a criminal record and personally liable for the costs of any accident.

  • Insurance Fraud Investigators Group is a Members’ Organization dedicated to the detection and prevention of Insurance Fraud. It is a non-profit making organization created to tackle the growing problem of Insurance Fraud in the UK and disrupt insurance fraudsters.

    Members include Insurers, Lawyers, Loss Adjusters, and Investigation Agencies all of whom are committed to preventing Insurance Fraud.

    On 1st October 2008 IFIG became one of the first organisations in the UK to be acknowledged by the Government as a 'Specified Anti-Fraud Organisation' under the Serious Crime Act 2007.

    Only six anti-fraud organisations have been awarded this status which allows public bodies to share intelligence with IFIG to prevent or detect fraud in general and insurance fraud in particular. IFIG Chairman Rob Smith-Wright states :

    "We know fraudsters involve themselves in many aspects of criminality and we are very keen to disrupt them by working closely with organisations across the public and private sectors.

    IFIG now has over 320 company members covering the vast majority of the insurance industry and insurance fraud investigators. The SAFO status awarded to IFIG by the Home Office in 2008 has enabled IFIG to build upon our relationships with the public sector and law enforcement agencies, and has supported our key aim of working together to detect, disrupt and prevent insurance fraud."

    This website is designed to encourage anyone to report insurance fraud that has occurre...

  • Insurance Fraud Investigators Group: The History

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    In the mid-1990's a number of insurance fraud investigators representing major UK insurers joined together to discuss the increasing problem of fraud against the UK insurance industry.

    It quickly became apparent those investigators were frequently dealing with the same people who were attempting to systematically defraud several Insurers.

    Members of the Group therefore developed a network and process for sharing of criminal intelligence for the purpose of fraud prevention and investigation.

    In 1999 the group, assumed the title of Insurance Fraud Investigators Group (IFIG).

    At that time IFIG was affiliated to the ABI Crime and Anti-Fraud Bureau. In 2001, the ABI reaffirmed its key objective as being a strategic organisation. IFIG then developed an independent identity dedicated to the prevention and investigation of insurance fraud in the U.K.

    Since that time, IFIG’s membership has grown rapidly and now stands at over 320 member organisations, consisting of Insurers, Investigators, Loss Adjusters, Lawyers and Law Enforcement. In October 2008, IFIG was granted SAFO status under the Serious Crime Act 2007.

    All IFIG members are committed to the organisation’s key aims of :

    • Detecting and preventing Insurance Fraud • Raising the profile of Insurance Fraud as a crime • Providing a forum to discuss anti-fraud initiatives and techniques • Sharing relevant Intelligence via the National Intelligence Model

    In order to achieve its objectives, IFIG has developed close...

Insurance Fraud Investigators Group is a Members’ Organisation dedicated to the detection and prevention of Insurance Fraud

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