Cash-for-crash con­man jailed af­ter rak­ing in thou­sands

Birmingham Post - - NEWS - Ross McCarthy Court Re­porter

ACASH-FOR-CRASH fraud­ster who raked in thou­sands of pounds by en­gi­neer­ing de­lib­er­ate road col­li­sions has been jailed.

Asif Javed was the “meat in the sand­wich” be­tween an ac­com­plice in a car in front and the in­no­cent drivers be­hind.

The 26-year-old slammed on his brakes when he took a call from his fel­low gang­ster – and then de­manded cash at the road­side from vic­tims.

The crooks made around £8,000 in bo­gus in­sur­ance claims and tried to claim an­other £22,732, Birm­ing­ham Crown Court heard.

They also “bashed up” the car they used to make crashes ap­pear worse.

Javed was in­volved in eight crashes be­tween April 2016 and May 2017 – the most se­ri­ous of which left a driver and three chil­dren need­ing hospi­tal treat­ment.

The lo­ca­tions in­cluded the A449, to­wards Kid­der­min­ster, and the A447, to­wards Iron­bridge, and a slip road off the M5 at junc­tion three.

Javed’s ad­dress was used in one of the bo­gus in­sur­ance claims and one of the vic­tims took his photo, the court heard. He was tracked down as a re­sult of Face­book cam­paign but fled to a Pak­istan, only to be ar­rested at Birm­ing­ham Air­port on his re­turn.

And he was pros­e­cuted fol­low­ing a joint in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­volv­ing City of Lon­don Po­lice’s in­sur­ance fraud en­force­ment de­part­ment (IFED) and the In­sur­ance Fraud Bureau (IFB).

Checks re­vealed he in­sured five cars un­der two poli­cies – both paid for with a bank card which was not reg­is­tered in his name and in­volved fake names and ad­dresses.

Javed, of Kenelm Road, Bordes­ley Green, had pre­vi­ously ad­mit­ted a charge of con­spir­acy to de­fraud.

He was jailed for 22 months and banned from driv­ing for three years.

Pass­ing sen­tence, Judge Pa­trick Thomas QC said such of­fences af­fected the no claims bonuses and le­git­i­mate claims made by lawabid­ing drivers.

The judge also re­jected Javed’s claim that he was forced to be­come in­volved af­ter fall­ing into debt and be­ing threat­ened at gun­point.

Delroy Henry, de­fend­ing, said Javed was a ware­house worker for a firm in Soli­hull and only “low-level” in­jury had been caused.

The sen­tence was wel­comed po­lice and in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

Det Con Daryl Fry­att, of IFED, said: “In his des­per­a­tion to make money, Jawad set out on a year-long spree of de­lib­er­ate crashes that put by in­no­cent mem­bers risk.

“He had no re­gard for the safety of those around him and crimes like his have con­trib­uted to the rise in premi­ums for in­sur­ance hold­ers. His greed has re­sulted in an­other suc­cess­ful con­vic­tion for IFED.

“Crash for cash of­fences are taken very se­ri­ously and fraud­sters will be stopped.”

Jason Pot­ter, head of in­ves­ti­ga­tions of the pub­lic at at IFB, said: “Jawad was a reck­less in­di­vid­ual who forced mo­torists into ac­ci­dents on no­to­ri­ously busy roads.

“The vic­tims in this case were in­no­cent peo­ple go­ing about their day to day lives and Jawad did not hes­i­tate to put their lives in dan­ger for fi­nan­cial gain.

“This in­ves­ti­ga­tion demon­strates the com­mit­ment of the in­dus­try to stamp­ing out this type of crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity.”

> Asif Javed has been jailed for 22 months

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