12:25PM, Wednesday 10 August 2016
A police caution has been handed to a carer who claimed he was injured during a collision at a car park in Slough.
The man, in his 50s, was given a caution on Tuesday, August 2, following the incident which took place at Halfords in Bath Road in November.
He had claimed he had received injuries to his neck, back and arm when a woman reversed her vehicle into his parked car.
The woman’s insurance company paid out £2,000 for damage to the man’s vehicle and the man also sought compensation of £5,000 for his injuries.
The woman went back to Halfords and asked if they had CCTV footage from the car park which clearly showed the other driver getting out of his vehicle and standing next to it at the time of the collision.
The footage was then passed on to the insurance companies, who then forwarded it onto the City of London Police’s Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department (IFED).
IFED officers interviewed the man in July, where he initially tried to maintain his story but when he was shown the CCTV footage, he admitted to making the whole story up.
Detective Constable Mohammed Darr, from the IFED, said: “This was one of the most blatant cases I’ve dealt with and he was clearly lying to LV= [the insurance company] to try and get a compensation payout for injuries he never received.
"He now has this on his criminal record and he also has to declare the fact he was involved in fraudulent activity to his employer as he is in a notifiable occupation.
“As well as being criminal, this kind of behaviour also drives up insurance premiums for honest customers and we all end up footing the bill.
"It may be tempting to submit exaggerated or dishonest claims to try and increase an insurance claim, but it is fraud and where cases are identified they can be passed to police and you could end up with a criminal record, a conviction, or even end up in prison.”
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