Sixty people, including seven members of the same family, were convicted for their role in a series of staged accidents which involved over £514,000 of fraudulent insurance claims, an industry watchdog said.
The ABI estimated a total £1.3bn in insurance fraud was committed last year. Some of the wackiest fake claims also included:
- A professional golfer who claimed £8,000 on his income protection policy for a knee injury that he said left him unable to work, but was caught on camera giving golf lessons. He was ordered to do 140 hours unpaid community work.
- A woman was jailed for 22 months following a series of invented street robberies for items including laptops and designer clothes.
- A vet was jailed for two years for inventing veterinary claims totalling nearly £200,000 for treating non-existent pets.
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