Couple Sentenced To Jail For Fake Car Accident
Category: E-Bulletins 2012
The High Court has convicted a couple in what is thought to be the first ever successful prosecution for a wholly contrived accident in the UK, the Daily Telegraph reports in its blog.
Faisal Rauf and Jasmina Bashir, a husband and wife, were found guilty of falsifying a car accident in Birmingham in 2008. After the fraud was exposed the insurer supposed to accept liability, LV=, formerly known as Liverpool Victoria, decided to start legal proceedings against the couple and eventually managed to win its case.
LV= first became suspicious when, during the investigation, various discrepancies emerged, such as inconsistent vehicle damage and lack of any police involvement whatsoever, despite the fact that three vehicles had reportedly taken part in the accident. In addition there were no witnesses to the accident, which supposedly injured seven people. What was even more suspicious was the fact that the car crash took place just a few days after the policy was taken out with LV=.
Thanks to the overwhelming evidence, Faisal Rauf and Jasmina Bashir were sentenced to six weeks in jail, while Bashir’s parents, Mohammed Bashir and Kaneez Acktar, received suspended sentences.
The technical claims director of LV= Martin Milliner says that the company decided to continue with action against the defendants, despite the fact that they had admitted their guilt, as a message to be sent to all those who think they can falsify accidents and get away with it.