Sunday, November 28, 2010

The Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB)

Media Note
24 November 2010
Further Crash for Cash Fraudsters Sentenced
The IFB today announces four more people have been sentenced after fraudulent insurance claims were submitted
following a minor motor vehicle collision in Old Trafford.
This comes as a result of a continued joint counter-fraud operation with Greater Manchester Police.
Mohammed Iqbal (25/01/1950) of Skerton Road, Old Trafford pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud and was
sentenced to a 150-hour community punishment order and ordered to pay £500 in legal costs.
Kauser Parveen (20/07/1961) of Skerton Road, Old Trafford pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud and was placed
on a curfew between 7pm and 7am, for three months.
Jehangir Iqbal (25/04/1980) of Skerton Road, Old Trafford pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud. He was sentenced
to seven and a half months in prison, suspended for two years. He was also ordered to complete a 200-hour
community punishment order, pay £500 in costs and placed on a curfew between 7pm and 7am, for six months.
Hassan Raza Iqbal (15/01/1987) of Skerton Road, Old Trafford pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud and was
sentenced to a 150-hour community punishment order and ordered to pay £500 in legal costs.
Mohammed Iqbal worked as a driver for M Travel, a minibus company based in Longsight.
M Travel drivers are not permitted to have non M Travel employees in the minibuses, other than contracted
passengers.
M Travel had a contract with Air Blue, a Pakistan based airline to convey cabin crew to and from Manchester Airport.
On 2 May 2008, Mohammed Iqbal was required to drive eight cabin crew including the captain and first officer for a
10pm flight out of Manchester Airport to Islamabad.
On the way to the airport, the Ford Transit minibus was involved in a minor road traffic collision with a Mercedes on
Chester Road, Old Trafford near to the junction with Milton Road.
Iqbal called to request a replacement minibus and the company owner and another driver came out. They transferred
the luggage into the new minibus and both remember seeing only the staff from Air Blue, who were in uniform, at the
scene. All of the crew stated they had not been injured.
Iqbal then continued the journey to the airport in the replacement vehicle where he dropped off the flight crew, for
their scheduled flight.

Following on from the collision, claims were made by nine people, other than the air crew, relating to the collision.
This suggested there were 17 people in the minibus at the time of the collision, including Mohammed Iqbal. The
minibus was only capable of carrying 14 people, including the driver.
Iqbal claimed that in addition to the aircrew, there were family members in the minibus, despite this being against
company policy. He had been uninjured in the collision, but submitted a personal injury claim, along with eight other
people who had never been present, including his wife, two sons and family friends.
The four defendants and others were arrested. Houses were searched and documentation in relation to the collision,
including solicitors letters about the claims, were recovered by Police.
Glen Marr, Director, Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB) comments: “Yet another example of the insurance industry
successfully working with the Police to tackle fraudsters. Insurers are intolerant of fraud, as are genuine consumers
who feel strongly that they shouldn't be subsidising fraudsters through the cost of their insurance. Many of these
consumers continue to report suspicions of all types of insurance fraud, using the free and confidential IFB fraud
Cheatline, 0800 3282550, or by reporting online at http://www.insurancefraudbureau.org/report.”
"For anyone with knowledge of any type of insurance fraud, regardless of the type of incident involved, whether a
previous or current fraud, or one that is planned, we welcome their calls or on-line reporting".
Sergeant Mark Beales of the Road Crime Unit said: "While this collision was genuine, Iqbal and other members of his
family tried to capitalise on it for financial gain. This was a minor collision and the sheer number of claimants was
disproportionate to what happened. Moreover, the number of the claimants in addition to the air crew exceeded the
seating capacity of the minibus.''
"This collision highlights that even in genuine collisions, there are those who are prepared to pursue false claims for
compensation, a matter the police and insurers take very seriously".
Mohammed Asif, Mohammed Yasser Asghar, Mohammed Nasir and Saeed Mahmood pleaded guilty to conspiracy to
defraud in relation to the same case at an earlier hearing.
ENDS

Notes to Editors:
The Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB)
The Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB) launched on July 26
effective, tactical solution for the detection and prevention of organised, cross industry fraud, supporting
the wider Association of British Insurers industry fraud strategy. The IFB leads or co-ordinates the
industry response to the identification of criminal fraud networks and works closely with the Police and
law enforcement agencies.
th 2006 and has been formed to provide a costwww.insurancefraudbureau.org, www.twitter.com/theifb

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