It was a fraud so large that it cost local people up to a hundred pounds extra on their car insurance bills.
Tonight we told you about the organised crime family who made millions of pounds from scamming the insurance industry.
In all, sixty people either pleaded or were found guilty, in what the police have described as "organised crime on a massive scale".
Watch the full report from our correspondent Ben Chapman below.
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