86 people charged as part of ‘crash for cash’ investigation

03/10/2013

A total of 86 people have been charged in relation to a scam which is alleged to have operated out of a garage known as both ‘St David’s Crash Repair’ and ‘Easifix’, based in Pengam, Blackwood.

Catrin Evans, Head of Complex Casework Unit for CPS Cymru/Wales, said:

"This has been a complex and extensive investigation by Gwent Police into allegations of an alleged scam operation involving road traffic accidents and insurance fraud. The Crown Prosecution Service has been involved in providing early charging advice throughout the investigation process.

"We have now completed our review of this complex case. In accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors, we concluded that there is sufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction and that criminal charges are in the public interest.

"As a result, a total of 86 people have been charged with a range of offences including to conspiracy to defraud, conspiracy to steal and money laundering.

"The defendants will appear before Cwmbran Magistrates' Court next Thursday."

Detective Sergeant Andy Cullen of Gwent Police commented:

"A team of officers and detectives have been investigating this sophisticated 'crash for cash scheme' alongside the Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB) for more than two years, and this has led to the arrest and charge of these 86 individuals.

"If you suspect anyone of committing insurance fraud, you can contact the police on 101 or report them directly to the free and confidential IFB Cheatline on 0800 422 0421, or online at www.insurancefraudbureau.org/report ."