Car insurance: Police crack down on fraudulent claimants

Monday, 15 December 2008

Greater Manchester police have enjoyed further success in their campaign to crack down on fraudulent car insurance claims, it has been reported.

The force announced five men have been charged with conspiracy to commit fraud and are due to appear before Stockport Magistrates Court on Thursday 18th December.

Operation Contact is an initiative which focuses on motor insurance claims lodged after induced accidents.

Specialist officers are currently investigating several hundred collisions across Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Lancashire.

So far, a total of 18 people have been charged as a result of the operation.

Eight suspects are scheduled to appear in front of Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court for a plea and case management hearing on Monday December 22nd.

Meanwhile, Greater Manchester police announced earlier this month that officers will be conducting spot checks of drivers at peak times and testing for alcohol and drugs.

The force pointed out 18 people have died in the region as a result of drink-driving accidents so far this year and said it was determined to catch motorists who break the law.

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