Insurers hail Garda success in crackdown on fake claims
One man was jailed and six others received suspended prison sentences for staging fake road traffic accidents to lodge fraudulent personal injury claims.
They admitted a variety of fraud and deception offences following a major Garda investigation, called Operation Nascar, into suspicious traffic accidents nationwide.
Nascar was launched in 2011 and, in two of the four accidents mentioned before Cork Circuit Criminal Court, detectives had specific intelligence about the likelihood of accidents being staged.
The accidents, in Cork city, Leamlara, Youghal and Mitchelstown, were staged in 2011 and 2012.
They resulted in total claims of more than €164,000.
Aviva's fraud manager, Robert Smyth, welcomed both the convictions and sentences.
"In addition to adding €50 to the cost of premiums, staged accidents also take up the time as well as resources of the gardai and other emergency services, diverting them from cases of genuine need," he said.