Leeds 'Cash for Crash': Four men sentenced to over thirty-six years

28/02/2017

Sabbir Hussain, Raja Hussain, Shahreah Mia and Muhammad Ubaidullah have been sentenced today to a total of 36 years six months for their parts in a cash for crash conspiracy which resulted in the death of an 88 year old woman.

Muhammad Ubaidullah confessed to investigators and gave evidence during the trial of his co-accused. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter, conspiracy to commit fraud and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

On 10 September 2014, the defendants deliberately crashed into a vehicle in which Betty Laird was a passenger, whilst driving at nearly 50mph in a 30mph zone, in Beeston, Leeds. The defendants conspired to falsely claim compensation from the insurance company for "injuries" sustained as a result of the collision.

Andrew Penhale, from the CPS said: "The greed of these men resulted in a needless loss of life. The CPS and police have seen a significant increase in these so-called ‘cash for crash’ frauds, which are primarily directed at defrauding insurance companies, through false personal injury claims. The tragic death of Betty Laird illustrates the inevitable outcome of such reckless behaviour. I hope it serves as a stark warning to others who take part in this dishonest and dangerous practice.

"In this trial, the prosecution established, through Mohammed Ubaidullah’s account and corroborating DNA forensic evidence from the crashed vehicle, that the four men had planned to target a suitable vehicle to crash into and deliberately did so, when the opportunity arose. They had planned to claim for their injuries, through Mr Ubaidullah’s insurance company. That plan unravelled when Betty Laird was killed and Ubaidullah was charged in respect of the fatal incident. He subsequently pleaded guilty to manslaughter and fraud offences and gave evidence for the Crown, under a Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 agreement with prosecutors.

"I hope the verdicts and sentences imposed are of some comfort to Betty’s family and friends."

Notes for editors

Andrew Penhale is Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor, CPS Yorkshire and Humberside.

Sabbir Hussain was sentenced to:  12 years for manslaughter, four years concurrent for conspiracy to defraud to run consecutively to his present sentence for weapons offences making a total of 15 years when added to that sentence. Five year driving ban and extended retest.

Raja Hussain was sentenced to: 15 years for manslaughter, 4 years concurrent for conspiracy to defraud. 5 year driving disqualification and the extended retest.

Shahreah Mia was sentenced to: 4 years for conspiracy to defraud.

Muhammed Ubaidullah was sentenced to:  6.5 years for manslaughter -  2 years concurrent for Conspiracy to defraud - 2 years concurrent  for Pervert the Course of Justice, as well as a disqualification from driving for 4 years and the extended retest provision.