The ringleaders of a huge “crash for cash” scam were behind bars last night.
Huddersfield company director Nadeem Khalid was one of several people jailed for their part in a crime network exposed in a massive police operation.
They made claims for injuries and damage allegedly sustained in car crashes but a court heard most of the incidents had never taken place.
In all 44 people appeared at Leeds Crown Court for sentencing over the complex and systematic fraud.
Khalid ran a firm which submitted £120,000 worth of bogus insurance claims in a so called ‘crash for cash’ scam and has been jailed for more than four years.
The court heard the scam dated back to November 2005.
Khalid, 34, a director of Advanced Claims, based in Blackmoorfoot Road, Crosland Moor, was part of a group of people linked to fraudulent insurance pay outs totalling hundreds of thousands of pounds.
He appeared at Leeds Crown Court and was jailed for four years and six months by Judge James Spencer.
The second director, Sahir Mohammed, was remanded in custody and will be sentenced at a later date.
Both men had admitted conspiracy to defraud.
Another man, Shabir Piperdi, was jailed for three years after allegedly being involved in an accident in Gloucester, which earned him £9,000.
Judge James Spencer condemned the actions of those involved in the fraud which involved six bogus insurance claims for road crashes -the majority of which never actually took place.
Yesterday eight defendants were jailed.
Judge Spencer said: “ In recent months there have been several of these kind of cases of making fraudulent claims on insurance after ‘faking or staging road traffic accidents’.
He told the court ‘law abiding motorists must bare the brunt’ for inflated insurance costs in such cases as this which were ‘dishonest from the outset’.
He added:”That dishonesty was maintained over a long period of time.
“The pretence was maintained with doctors when the symptoms which didn’t really exist were lied about.”
The court heard one of the fictional crashes was alleged to have happened in Gloucester in 2008 between a minibus driven by Shabir Piperdi and a Jaguar driven by a defendant Frank Junior Davies.
This claim alone resulted in £104,000 insurance costs with Piperdi pocketing £9,000 in advance claims and Davies receiving £21,482 for the written-off Jaguar.
After eight of the defendants were jailed, Judge Spencer called co-defendants into the packed court room in groups of 18 to deliver their sentences.
He told them although their parts were less serious he was content that the crime had passed the custody threshold.
He said:”In each and every case the motive for the individual was greed’.
“I acknowledge it may not have been there idea, each agreed to the suggestion and made a false claim.”
He sentenced each of the subsequent defendants listed in the case to 12 months custody suspended for 12 month. The majority of the defendants were also ordered to carry out 150 hours unpaid work in the community.
Operation Thatcham was launched by Kirklees Police in 2011 following claims car crashes were staged to make hundreds of thousands of pounds of fraudulent insurance claims.
Prosecutor Simon Waley told the court: ”The business of the company was to submit insurance claims arising out of road traffic accidents on behalf of individuals who purported to be involved in them.”
But he told the court with the exception of one claim all the additional claims ‘were based on alleged ‘accidents’ where there had been no genuine collision at all and damage to the vehicles had been staged.”
The court heard in October 2011 police searched the premises at Blackmoorfoot Road and ‘it became apparent that the company had referred a number of bogus claims’.
Some 60 arrests were made as the scams unravelled further potential suspects linked to the fraud.
The investigation was led by Kirklees CID, Proceeds of Crime Officers, the Ministry of Justice and the Insurance Fraud Bureau, into a suspected crash for cash scam in Huddersfield.
The defendants sentenced for conspiracy to defraud are:
Nadeem Khalid, 34, of Laund Road, Salendine Nook Huddersfield, jailed for four years six months; Sahir Mohammed, 37, of Uplands, Birkby, Huddersfield will be sentenced at a later date; Bobby Samra, 64, of Twickenham, jailed for two years; Mohammed Nadeem Azam, 27, of Fitzwilliam Street, jailed for two years; Mohammad S Anwar, 35, of Weymouth Avenue, Huddersfield, jailed for three years; Frankie Junior Davies, 39, of Gloucester jailed for two years Thazeem Khalid, 32, of Laund Road, Salendine Nook, jailed for 12 months suspended for two years with 100 hours community service.
El Habbal Fouad, of Headfield Road, Dewsbury, pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice and was jailed for 18 months.
The following defendants were given a 12 month sentence suspended for 12 months.
Lee Wood, 30, of Causeway Head, Sowerby Bridge
Gurdial Samra, 63, of Park Avenue, Springwood
Balbir Samra, 64, of Park Avenue, Springwood
Kirinjit Samra, 32, of Birkby Road, Huddersfield
Zahid Ahmad, 28, of Fitzwilliam Street, Huddersfield
Shazad Arshad, 34, of Yews Hill Road, Lockwood
Bobby Lockwood, 25, of Hammerton Road, Fartown
Moshin Khan, 32, North Street, Huddersfield
Asma Khan, 29, North Street, Huddersfield
Mohammed Ishaq, 26, of Fenton Road, Huddersfield
Tasleem Akhtar, 38, of Springdale Street, Huddersfield
Shoukat Mehmood, 40, of Alwen Avenue, Huddersfield
Mohammed Azam, 61, of Blackmoor Foot Road
Mohammed Azam, 27, of Fitzwilliam Street, Huddersfield
Mohammed Azeem, 28, of Edgerton Road, Manchester
Mohammad Anwar, 35, of Weymouth Avenue, Huddersfield
Marlon Matheson, 27, of Bradford Road, Huddersfield
Leon Henry, 27, of Thackeray Grove, Lockwood
Kade Mason, 23, of Luck Lane, Huddersfield
Levis Gill, 26, Whittaker Street, Deighton
Rodney Thomas, 40, of Birkby Lodge Road, Huddersfield
Kieran Joseph, 26, of Padworth Walk, Manchester
Simeon Johnson, 30, of Wood View, Huddersfield
Anthony Collins, 38, Church Street, Paddock
Colin Robinson, 47, of Roman Quay, Gloucester
David Mark Papps, 40, of Redwell Road, Gloucester
David Sydney Papps, 28, of Quenneys Close, Gloucester
Darren Howe, 42, of Wheatstone Road, Gloucester
Christopher Beckley, of Ashenhirst Road, Newsome
Clinton Mason, Luck Lane, Paddock
Rees Thomas, 27, of Stuart Place, Deighton
Damien Murray, Halifax Old Road, Birkby
Jordan Matheson, 30, of Crosland Moor
Klyne Allert, 28, of Keldregate, Deighton
Dwane Thomas, 26, of Woodbine, Fartown
Kirnjitt Sangha, 32, of Birkby Road, Huddersfield
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