Business owner, Justin Hindry, has been jailed for six years after he burnt down his showroom in a bid to fraudulently claim more than £2m from Allianz Insurance. He was found guilty of insurance fraud and arson by a jury at Norwich Crown Court in August 2014.
Mr Hindley claimed on his insurance policy following a devastating fire at the Aylsham Bathroom and Kitchen Centre showroom, in Norfolk on 27 June 2012. However, it didn’t take long for the substantial claim for buildings, contents and business interruption to unravel, with an early inspection causing concern.
The Allianz fraud investigation team joined forces with Cunningham Lindsey’s major loss team and found credible evidence which pointed to foul play. Despite claiming that he was eight miles away when the fire was set, both eye witnesses and evidence placed Mr Hindry in the proximity of the showroom when the fire was lit.
Martin Saunders, divisional claims manager, Allianz Claims, commented:
“The crimes committed by Mr Hindry were extremely serious and we believe that severity of his prison sentence reflects this. His attempt to scam Allianz for a significant sum of money also put the lives of the general public in danger and we are pleased this has been recognised.
“This judgment is good news for insurance industry and ultimately honest policyholders, whose premiums are unfortunately impacted by the actions of dishonest fraudsters. It also demonstrates that we have the appropriate measures in place to identify fraudulent activity and work with the police to bring people like Mr Hindry to justice.”
Allianz Insurance is one of the largest general insurers in the UK and part of the Allianz SE Group, the largest property and casualty insurer worldwide.