Friday, 2 June 2017

CRASH FOR CASH GANG SENTENCED

Eleven people have been sentenced to more than 42 years for the part they played in a 'cash for crash' conspiracy. Between November 2011 and March 2013 the gang mainly from the Derby area deliberately caused over 40 road accidents and made fraudulent claims totalling more than £400,000. Two of the men involved came from Long Eaton. Adam Stark, 26, of Trenton Drive pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud but was found guilty and sentenced to 4years and 9months. Liam Swinfield, 22, of Northfield Avenue, Sawley was sentenced to 2years and 7months after pleading guilty to the same offence. The men and women involved were sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court on Friday April 7th.
The police operation entitled ‘Operation Skipsea’ began in 2013 where officers investigated a group who set up a vehicle recovery company to defraud drivers by making false injury claims. DC Kevan Handley who led the investigation said:
“The gang all played their part in this complex fraudulent activity, their roles ranged from carrying our fraudulent medical examinations of personal injury claims, driving the vehicles involved in the collisions to providing fraudulent vehicle examination forms. This type of crime will always be taken seriously, investigated thoroughly and will not be tolerated; the sentences received today reflect this.”

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