Two people jailed for 'crash for cash' scam - Oxfordshire, Berkshire and London

20/08/2014

Two people appeared at Reading Crown Court on Friday, 15 August 2014, and were jailed for a combined total of five years and nine months for their involvement in a conspiracy to induce traffic collisions in order to make fraudulent insurance claims for personal injury, known colloquially as ‘crash for cash’ collisions.

They were convicted by a jury of the offences at Reading Crown Court on 24 June.

The convictions related to seven collisions across the Thames Valley and Metropolitan Police areas and the organisation of a further 76 collisions.

Nasir Mahmood, aged 32, of Morpeth Close, Whitley, Reading, was convicted of conspiracy to commit fraud and conspiracy to drive dangerously. He was sentenced to four years imprisonment.

Aniela Chaudhry, aged 39, of Alan Place, Reading, was convicted of conspiracy to commit fraud and conspiracy to drive dangerously. She was sentenced to 21 months imprisonment.

Bernie Bautista, aged 43, of Elm Park Road, Reading, was convicted of conspiracy to commit fraud and conspiracy to drive dangerously. He will be sentenced at Reading Crown Court on Wednesday, 28 August 2014.

The seven collisions were as follows:

  • 12.15am 05 September 2011, Jennets Park Roundabout, A329 towards Reading from Bracknell.
  • 11.30am 05 October 2011, Madejski Roundabout, A33 Reading towards J11 M4.
  • 10.10pm 02 January 2012, Waterworks Roundabout, Liston Road, London.
  • 7pm 29 February 2012, A4074 just south of Benson on the way to Oxford.
  • 11.03am 22 May 2012, on the J13 slip road joining the M4 motorway, Newbury.
  • 2am 25 May 2012, leaving the roundabout at A10 Great Cambridge Road, Enfield, towards J25 M25.
  • 2.30am 25 May 2012, leaving the roundabout at A10 Great Cambridge Rd, Enfield, towards J25 M25.

All seven collisions concerned two offending vehicles driving in convoy. The first vehicle would make an erratic manoeuvre and the second vehicle would brake causing an innocent motorist to collide with the rear of it.

In August 2012, Thames Valley Police executed a series of search warrants in the Reading area. Officers recovered paperwork and handwritten notes, which corresponded to a further 76 collisions, from the home of Aniela Chaudhry. Forensic evidence linked the material to Nasir Mahmood who was organising the 'crash for cash' collisions.