Audi smashes into bus as part of €1.4m insurance scam
An accident claims manager has been convicted of fraud for his part in orchestrating a number of fake whiplash claims.
John Smith (45) spearheaded a complex operation which involved arranging for cars and vans to be deliberately driven into the sides of passenger buses.
The purpose of the £1m (€1.4m) scam was so that pre-arranged personal injury claims could be submitted following the minor collisions.
Over 218 compensation claims were made via Smith, managing director of Cheshire-based company Swift Accident Solutions, to 'no win no fee lawyers' so they could sue insurance companies.
For his part, Smith cashed in between £840 and £960 for each new claimant he introduced to a lawyer. There were 177 in all.
Nine other people were all found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud in the operation, while four others pleaded guilty.
These false claims accounted for over 75pc of the total gross income received by Smith's firm during the period the collisions occurred.
Afterwards, Detective Inspector Simon Lonsdale, of Cheshire Police, said: "The crime that they committed was not a victimless crime.
"Had all of the false claims created by Smith and his associates been successful we believe that the total cost would have been over £1 million, which would have been paid for by law-abiding citizens through their car insurance policies."