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ARRESTS MADE IN CRASH SCAM ; Police Swoop in Insurance Fraud Inquiry

Oct 30, 2007


DETECTIVES arrested four people in connection with an alleged "crash for cash" car insurance scam.

Officers from the force crime operations unit swooped on three addresses in Waterloo, Halewood and Tuebrook in the early hours yesterday.

Three men, aged 36, 38 and 27, and a woman, 44, were quizzed by detectives on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud.

They were later released on police bail pending further inquiries.

It brings the total number of people quizzed as part of the probe to 10.

Police were first alerted about a possible scam after being contacted by a company called Allianz Insurance.

The probe centres on a large number of claims made in the Merseyside area two years ago by people connected to a large communications company.

Merseyside police's Det Insp Alyson Wilson said: "This is an unscrupulous crime that affects the premiums paid by the public and impacts on the whole of the motor insurance industry.

"We are carrying out a thorough investigation into the allegations."

Allianz Insurance fraud manager Mihir Pandya said: "We have a policy of pro-actively managing fraud and have specific teams in place to identify and focus on organised fraud.

"Since the launch of the Insurance "The industry should be united in its efforts to disrupt this activity and continue to invest in their own fraud management strategies and be prepared."

Chairman of the insurance fraud bureau John Beadle said: "This operation is a key example of the success that can be achieved when the public and private sectors are working collectively.

"We are sending a clear message to those criminals involved in 'crash for cash' scams that we are not a soft touch and they will be caught.

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