Jail sentences follow £150,000 personal injury insurance con.Three people from Liverpool who deliberately caused a crash between a coach and a car on a Manchester motorway in a bid to fraudulently claim £150,000 for personal injuries have been jailed.

Liam Gray was sentenced to 14 months in prison, while his friends Ben Carberry and Kevin Hamilton were handed 11 and four month prison sentences respectively at Southwark Crown Court.

Sentencing comes after Service Underwriting referred suspicions about whiplash claims from 30 people who had been travelling by coach to Belle Vue dog track in Manchester, in December 2011, to the City of London Police’s Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department (IFED). The court found they had organised for a Renault Megane to crash into the coach while on a busy motorway.

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The insurer later established through a social networking site that Gray, Carberry and Hamilton knew each other and had been to Everton football matches together.

IFED detectives travelled to Liverpool twice in 2012, arresting Gray and Carberry in June and Hamilton and another man, Joe Hindley, a month later. They had found Gray hiding in a bathroom in Carberry’s flat and at Gray’s flat they seized Hamilton’s driving Broking licence and documents relating to the Renault.

 

To read this article in its entirety visit Insurance Age 

 

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