Fine over in­sur­ance fraud

North Coast Times - - NEWS -

A MAN was fined and had a crim­i­nal con­vic­tion recorded against him for mak­ing a false in­jury in­sur­ance claim af­ter a car crash in Ridgewood.

The of­fender faced Joon­dalup Mag­is­trates Court on June 14, plead­ing guilty to one count of mak­ing a state­ment he knew was false or mis­lead­ing and one count of giv­ing in­for­ma­tion that he knew was false or mis­lead­ing.

The false claim re­lated to a crash on Ash­bourne Av­enue in 2015 when a car was struck from be­hind.

The man re­ported neck, shoul­der and knee in­juries from the in­ci­dent.

An In­sur­ance Com­mis­sion spokesman said the com­mis­sion in­ves­ti­gated the man af­ter be­com­ing sus­pi­cious of an eco­nomic loss claim he made.

“Payslips and claim forms sub­mit­ted by the claimant to sup­port an eco­nomic loss claim were found to be false,” he said.

Mag­is­trate Deen Pot­ter said a spent con­vic­tion was not ap­pro­pri­ate be­cause the crime un­der­mined an im­por­tant tax­payer-funded scheme.

The man was fined $1500 and or­dered to pay $742 costs.

In­sur­ance Com­mis­sion chief ex­ec­u­tive Rick Howe said peo­ple mak­ing false state­ments or ex­ag­ger­at­ing their in­juries made mo­tor in­jury in­sur­ance pre­mi­ums “higher for ev­ery­one”.

“The In­sur­ance Com­mis­sion uses data an­a­lytic tools and takes a se­ri­ous ap­proach to fraud­u­lent ac­tiv­i­ties.”s

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