Investigators have estimated that up to three million pounds was made in a "crash for cash" scam carried out across the North East.
In particular, 25 incidents were singled out - which accounted for more than £514,000 being obtained for the claimants.
More top news
Burglars have stolen irreplaceable war medals from a house in Gateshead.
Brisk winds. Rain for Monday and Thursday. Sunshine & showers for Tuesday and Wednesday. Colder feel with showers wintry over hills
A major concert at the Sage Gateshead had to be suspended before the end last night after three performers were taken ill.