Three Allianz employees found guilty
Three Allianz employees are among five found guilty of selling more than 700 pieces of confidential data.
An investigation by detectives from the City of London Police’s Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department found that three company employees had been individually approached and told they could be paid to leak confidential customer information.
Kayleigh Underhill, 26, Andrew Clarke, 24, and Reace Bowen, 23, who all worked at Allianz, took photographs of customer information at work and then shared it with brothers Sajaad Nawaz, 36, and Shaiad Nawaz, 34, via WhatApp.
They received approximately £250 per week for the information and their engagement with the bribers. In total, the trio leaked over 700 pieces of customer data and made over £7,000 by doing so.
Detective Constable Daryl Fryatt who led the case for the Ifed said, ‘It is a criminal offence to leak customer data and any employee who is considering doing this should think twice. Underhill, Clarke and Bowen were all in a position of trust and now have a criminal record and will be unable to work in a range of industries.
‘While the Nawaz brothers thought they could make easy money by selling on data, they have now found that it is not that easy and they too have been sentenced as a result of their involvement.
‘None of the offenders considered the consequences of selling this customer data and had no thought around the fact that people would end up receiving cold calls from claims management companies. They completely breached the trust of the customers and took advantage of the position they were in.’
Graham Gibson, chief claims officer at Allianz, added, ‘We are extremely disappointed by the actions of these three individuals and we have worked in close cooperation with the Ifed during its investigations. Keeping our customers’ data safe from rogue claims management companies is a priority for Allianz and we will work closely with the police to help prosecute those involved in this type of activity.
‘Allianz has a zero tolerance to data theft, which is not a victimless crime. This often leads to cold calling and pressure on our customers to pursue claims that lack validity and it must be stamped out.’