Cracking down on the fraudsters — sledgehammers and nuts

Recently reported cases demonstrate that the judiciary are more prepared than ever to impose tough sanctions on fraudsters, and those who grossly exaggerate their claims.

On 29 May a judge sitting in Birmingham County Court referred a 26- year-old serial claimant (Mr Saeed) and his accomplices to the director of public prosecutions to be investigated for possible perjury offences.

The trigger for this referral was that Saeed lied during the trial when he claimed that he and his passengers suffered whiplash injuries when a National Express bus collided with his stationary vehicle. It was found that there was no collision and both the accident and the injuries were fabricated to support his fraudulent claim…

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