Today Allianz is celebrating the successful prosecution of four fraudsters who have been handed prison sentences of six months each for their part in a 'crash for cash' scam.
Igor Kartel, Dianna Kartel, Valentina Kartel and Piotr Kartel had claimed over £30,000 for whiplash compensation following a rear-end collision in 2012, involving a lorry driven by an Allianz customer.
Allianz’s investigation proved that Dianna Kartel had deliberately braked in order to cause the accident. In addition, a photograph taken at the scene showed that Piotr Kartel was not in the car at the time. Allianz rejected the claims on the basis of fraud.
His Honour Judge Godsmark QC, found all four claims were fraudulent at the original trial in August 2015, describing the evidence given by all four claimants as “lies”. He commented: “Those proven and fundamental lies mean that I cannot accept the evidence of any of the Claimants in this case, not only as to who was in the car but as to the circumstances of the accident and claims of injury”.
Allianz asked the Court for permission to bring committal proceedings against them, which were given due to the seriousness of the lies told in Court by the claimants to support their fraud.
At Nottingham District Registry today, Igor Kartel, Dianna Kartel, Valentina Kartel and Piotr Kartel, who reside in London, were each given prison sentences for the duration of six months.
Tony Newman, head of motor claims at Allianz, said: "This is a fantastic result and sends a clear message. Allianz has a zero tolerance to fraud, and we have both specialist teams and sophisticated tools at our disposal. We will find fraudsters and they can expect to face criminal prosecution.
He added: ‘This case demonstrates that the consequences of fraud can be severe and life altering. We hope that the severity of this sentence will deter fraudsters from committing similar crimes in future and as a result protect honest policyholders”.
Georgia Court, counter fraud partner at DAC Beachcroft acting for Allianz, said: "For the court to impose four such lengthy sentences should send a very clear warning to those thinking of making fraudulent claims that the consequences of their deception can put them behind bars."
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