Fraudster given £10 fine

A crash for cash fraudster who made thousands from the UK’s biggest ever car insurance scam has been ordered to pay back just £10.

Stephen Pegram who was jailed in January for six months for his part in the £750,000 racket, has been ordered to pay back just £10 of the sum he personally benefitted from.

Stephen Pegram was responsible for £19,000 worth of fraud in the so-called ‘crash for cash’ operation, which involved the deliberate damaging of vehicles operated from a garage based in Blackwood.

Prosecutors had been seeking to recover £5,250 from Stephen Pegram – the sum thought to have directly benefited him. But Cardiff Crown Court was told the defendant, who is currently in jail, had no assets.

Known as the biggest car insurance fraud ever investigated in the UK, there have been a total of 82 convictions since the scam was discovered, thanks to CCTV footage discovered by police.

The crash for cash scam revolved around garage business St David’s Crash Repair, also known as Easifix, run by the Yandell family in Pengam, Blackwood.