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Fraudsters punished for false motor insurance claims

Eight people from across the country were targeted by police, following referrals from Mulsanne Insurance
All eight admitted to making a false car insurance claim and were cautioned
The total value of the claims, if paid out, was just under £50,000

Several fraudsters have been targeted by the City of London Police’s Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department (IFED) over the summer for making fraudulent claims on their car insurance. 

The police action followed referrals from Mulsanne Insurance and targeted a total eight people from across England, including Bedfordshire, Birmingham, London and Manchester*.

IFED discovered each one of them had bought short-term cover policies soon after a car accident, in some cases minutes later, and went on to make a false claim. 

One woman said she’d had an accident because she swerved to avoid a fox in the road.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Fyfe, Head of the City of London Police’s Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department, said: 

“IFED continues to works effectively with industry partners to tackle insurance fraud and these nationwide enforcement operations are just one of the ways in which we bring fraudsters to justice. 

“Insurance fraud is a serious offence and shouldn’t be taken lightly. We’re confident that this operation, in collaboration with Mulsanne Insurance, will send a stark warning to anyone thinking of making a false claim.

“If you’re caught and given a caution, as these fraudsters were, you will face repercussions. Cautions can be used in court as evidence of bad character for other crimes and they may also impact future jobs prospects as they can show up on standard and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.”

All of the fraudsters admitted to fraud by false representation during their interview with IFED officers and received cautions**. 

In total, the attempted claims made by these people against the insurance industry totalled £48,968.

Paul Twilley, Claims Director Mulsanne Insurance Company Ltd, said: 

“Mulsanne Insurance offers a specialised short-term product giving customers the ability to insure a vehicle for shorter periods; giving them freedom from the costly alternative of annual insurance. 

“We have unfortunately seen examples of people driving with no insurance who are then involved in accidents leading to them purchasing a short-term policy and attempting to ‘back date’ the time of the accident to fit the period of cover.

“We have worked closely with detectives from IFED in order to ensure that a number of fraudsters involved in such claims are brought to justice.

“This enforcement action is one of a number of stark consequences for anybody who attempts to pursue such a fraudulent claim; you will also find that your insurance will become invalid, your claim will be repudiated and you will be added to the Insurance Fraud Register by Mulsanne.”

Anyone who knows or has suspicions of someone committing insurance fraud should report it to Action Fraud. This can be done online at or by calling 0300 123 2040.

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