Police have today arrested 11 people suspected of making false or exaggerated personal injury insurance claims.
The arrests have come as part of a ‘trip and slip’ day of action by the City of London Police’s Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department (IFED).
Insurance Age reported the largest claim under examination is £200,000 for ongoing medical treatment supposedly needed to treat back and leg injuries suffered in a bus crash in Pakistan four years ago.
Other claims under investigation include £15,000 for ligament damage and injuries to a finger from a slip on water at a Bradford supermarket, and £8,500 for all over body injuries allegedly sustained after slipping on water in a London college canteen.
Sixty officers have been involved in the nationwide investigations. So far, seven men and four women have been arrested from areas including Cleveland, Essex, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Leicestershire, West Midlands and West Yorkshire.
A further three men and one woman, from the London and West Yorkshire police force areas, are due to attend a police station for interview later today. All 15 people are aged between 20 and 60.
IFED took action following referrals from a number of insurers and the Insurance Fraud Bureau.
DCI Dave Wood, head of IFED, said: “Today’s ‘trip and slip’ day of action marks a major step forward in our nationwide investigation targeting people suspected of trying to con insurers with bogus insurance claims.
“It may seem like a quick and easy way to bolster your bank balance but the reality is that those who lie about injuries suffered in real or fictitious accidents can also expect an early morning knock at their door from IFED detectives.”