Gang who ran £1 million insurance scam at water damaged restaurants are

September 25, 2019

The gang claimed insurance payouts for water damage they had caused deliberately The gang claimed insurance payouts for water damage they had caused deliberately Detective Constable Daniel Dankoff, who led the investigation for the City of London’s Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department said: “The group used a complex set of tactics to try and remain undetected and defraud numerous members of the insurance and banking industries for several years – which shows that the bigger the lie, the more the insurance industry may believe.“Insurance fraud is not a victimless crime. Fraudsters, such as the members in this organised crime group, cause significant financial harm to the insurance industry which then leads to higher premiums for everyone who need insurance, whether it be for personal or commercial cover.”Scott Clayton, Head of Claims Fraud at Zurich, which first uncovered the scam, said: “This was a very complex case due to the scale of fraud and the level of detail to which these fraudsters organised their operation.” But they were eventually caught when insurance investigators in Lincolnshire discovered that a bar they had claimed to have been running did not have an alcohol licence and had not been open for trade at the time of the claim.Yesterday five men all from London were jailed for a total of 14-years after being convicted of conspiracy to defraud and money laundering. Kashif Bhatti, 35, from London, was sentenced to two years in prison; Ramone Carty, 36, from London, was sentenced to three years in prison; Jurelle Hayles, 30, was sentenced to 20 months in prison, suspended for two years; Nyron Hughes, 35, was sentenced to four years in prison and Tarquinn Orgill, 34, was sentenced to five years in prison.Confiscation proceedings will now be started under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) to recover any criminal benefit gained from the gang’s fraudulent activity. Tarquinn Orgill was jailed for five years Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Tarquinn Orgill was jailed for five years A criminal gang who made almost £1 million by submitting fake insurance claims for restaurants they said had been flooded by burst water mains have been jailed.The five strong group made more than a dozen claims for commercial premises they had leased across the country.After deliberately smashing water pipes in the bars and restaurants, they contacted insurers claiming thousands of pounds for loss of earnings for having to close the businesses.But in reality the businesses had never actually been open for trade and each of the claims was entirely fictitious.The gang operated the scam between 2012 and 2016 raking in a total of £944,206 from 15 successful insurance claims.To avoid detection the gang used different geographic locations when leasing the premises, undertook checks to make sure the same loss adjuster was not used twice and even changed their names by deed poll.

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