Accident Claims Specialists directors jailed for fraud

March 5, 2013

by Brian Turner

Story link: Accident Claims Specialists directors jailed for fraud

Two fraudsters who made thousands of pounds from fraudulent insurance claims have been jailed.

Shakir Javid was sentenced to three years in prison at Newcastle Crown Court on Friday (1 March 2013) for masterminding the scams. His accomplice, Amjed Malik Iqbal, will serve two years and four months behind bars.

An investigation was launched after a complaint was made to police back in 2006 into claims handled by Newcastle-based company Accident Claims Specialists (ACS) and the two company directors, Javid and Iqbal.

Northumbria Police detectives, working with the Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB), raided the business premises and homes of Javid and Iqbal in October 2010. Thousands of documents and accident claim files were seized. Officers discovered evidence of claims for fictitious accidents and inflated personal injury and credit hire claims following genuine incidents.

Ben Fletcher, Director of the Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB), said:

"These convictions conclude several years of joint-investigation by Northumbria Police and the insurance industry. Given that many of the fraudulent claims submitted did not look overly suspicious in isolation, the fact the scam was exposed is testament to the industry's 'zero tolerance' stance towards fraud.

"As honest policyholders, we all pick up the bill for these insurance scams, with around

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