Probe uncovers evidence of suspected wider insurance fraud

Three suspected identity fraudsters have been arrested by the Metropolitan Police after an investigation by the Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB).

The arrests follow an IFB and Metropolitan Police Amberhill Unit investigation into the insurance histories of 579 suspected UK identity fraudsters who have got a real driving licence using fake or forged documents.

During the investigation the IFB discovered links between the suspected identity fraudsters and further possible insurance fraud.

The three men were arrested in May 2012.

IFB director Phil Bird said: “People who commit identity fraud are inevitably involved in other forms of manipulation and criminal activity. IFB investigations on just a small sample of suspects have proved that these people are using their false identities to purchase insurance and make fraudulent claims.

“IFB intelligence has already helped the Metropolitan Police to track down and arrest three suspects and we are working with our insurer customers to uncover related insurance scams.”

Metropolitan Police Amberhill Unit detective inspector Gary Miles said: “The partnership work between Amberhill and the IFB has proved pivotal in identifying a number of suspects who have had live insurance policies and claims. This in turn has enabled the perpetrators to be identified, arrested and has led to financial savings being identified.”