As authorities continue to investigate instances of motor car insurance fraud in the north east region, four more people were arrested by the authorities recently.
Those apprehended are under suspicion of conspiring to defrauding car insurance companies through fraudulent claims. The four new arrests bring the total number of people to 25 in the culmination of a year long investigation.
The four Darlington and Derwentside men are currently undergoing questioning by police in County Durham for their offences, which include filing false claims against car insurance groups for the replacement, disposal, repair, or recovery of motor vehicles damaged in road traffic accidents.
The investigation into the cash for crash scam has been a protractive and extensive one, stated Superintendent Rob Coulson. Supt Coulson remarked that in excess of 300 accidents were believed to be involved in the scam, which may have cost more than £3 million in lossses to insurers.
The superintendent commented that insurance fraud is far from being a victimless crime. Anyone who insures a vehicle is victimised by insurance fraud, according to Supt Coulson, as the costs are passed along to law-abiding motorists to the tune of £44 more per premium. Derwentside has seen a substantial increase to even discount car insurance premiums over and above the national average, added the superintendent.
Insurance Fraud Bureau director, Glen Marr, stated that Durham Constabulary has been working hand-in-hand with the IFB. The recent arrests highlight how powerful a collaboration can be between the insurance industry and the police, remarked Mr Marr.
The IFB director added that it has become high risk for criminals to defraud insurers. Repercussions are serious, Mr Marr added; apprehended fraudsters could face asset seizure and prosecution.