IFB investigation leads to another sentence

The boss of an accident claims management firm has been jailed for five years for masterminding a “cash for crash” insurance scam.

Mohammed Rashid, 37, owner of Autotransform in Keighley, west Yorkshire, made claims for false, staged and exaggerated accidents to gain payment from insurers.

Rashid was convicted of conspiracy to defraud at Bradford crown court last Tuesday. His wife, Sarah Lowther, 36, was given a nine-month suspended sentence on the same charges.

Peter Burroughs, 57, of Huddersfield, got a nine-month suspended sentence for conspiracy to defraud and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

The three were caught after an operation by the Insurance Fraud Bureau and West Yorkshire police.

Meanwhile, 33 people appeared in court in Liverpool last Monday charged with conspiracy to defraud in a separate “cash for crash” case.

They will appear again at Liverpool crown court on 19 December.