Mark Randall used fake documents to persuade courier companies that his vans were insured

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A courier company owner has been handed 16-month suspended sentence for forging motor fleet insurance policies.

Forty-six-year old Mark Randall from Walsall was sentenced on Friday 9 October at Birmingham Crown Court.

In addition to the sentence, suspended for two years, Randall was ordered to do 150 hours of community service and was banned from being a company director for five years.

As a director of RW Distribution, Randall forged an insurer’s motor fleet policies to persuade UPS that his vans were insured so that he could maintain a contract with the firm to deliver to postcodes nationwide.

The contract earned RW Distribution £733,948.76 between February 2012 and June 2013.

When RW Distribution folded, Randall started a new business called KLW Logistics. He imitated the same insurer’s motor fleet policy and an Aviva freight insurance policy to convince Yodel that his vans were insured and win a contract, which earned KLW £128,234.63 between May 2013 and June 2014.

He also presented vehicle hire company SSH Self Drive with forged Allianz motor policies so he could hire delivery vans to add to his fleet vehicles between February and June 2013.

Allianz discovered that Randall was using forged policies and made a referral to City of London Police’s Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department (IFED) for criminal investigation.

Detectives arrested Randall at his home on Stafford Close in Walsall in July 2014 and, on searching his house, seized a blank Tradewise insurance certificate.

Randall was subsequently charged with three counts of fraud by false representation and one of possession of an article for use in fraud and later pleaded guilty to the offences at Wolverhampton Crown Court.

City of London Police detective constable Gary Kearley, who ran IFED’s investigation, said: “Once a legitimate businessman, Randall knew that without valid insurance his courier companies would not have maintained or won new business.

“His attempts to cut corners have seen him turn himself into a fraudster.”

Allianz Insurance fraud manager Mihir Pandya added: “We are pleased with today’s sentence, which reflects the seriousness of this organised crime.”