Fraudster handed 18-month sentence

A motor fraudster has been sentenced to 18 months in jail after claiming £29,000 from a fake claim.

Adam Islam admitted that in 2014 he crashed his Toyota MR2, which he’d dressed up to look like a Ferrari, into a hire car driven by an accomplice.

LV= paid out £29,000 to Islam, but a combination of Hill-Dickinson’s Netfoil database, Asset Protection Unit (APU and commercial law firm Hill-Dickinson LLP proved that the accident was set up and that Islam had actually tried to sell  his vehicle online just days earlier for £30,000.

Islam’s accomplice Mohammed Khayer also received a 12 month custodial sentence suspended for two years, and was ordered to compensate Accident Exchange, his hire company, and its insurer, totalling more than £10,000.

Neil Thomas, director of investigative services at APU said, ‘The sentence is a big step for the industry, and saving insurers such a large sum is the icing on the cake. It all adds up, and we have demonstrated that championing new approaches by working with Hill-Dickinson, we can help mitigate fraud to ultimately save drivers from increased premiums.’

Peter Oakes, head of fraud at Hill-Dickinson LLP, added, ‘By working together in partnership with our counter-fraud group, our cradle to grave approach has secured a great outcome for our client. This important case sends a powerful message to would-be fraudsters that their fraud will be detected and prosecuted. This success lays the ground for future actions.’