January 16, 2013

Just days after five C4C fraudsters were convicted for their roles in a staged accident that led to the death of an innocent woman driver, another mighty blow has been struck in the War on Fraud.

The successful prosecution of ruthless fraudster Shujeg “Shuggy” Miah was hailed by DCI David Wooden of the Insurer Fraud Enforcement Depot (IFED) as a major breakthrough in the War on Fraud – one that sends a clear message that “this type of fraud no longer goes unchecked and that IFED is making sure the perpetrators are brought to justice.”

“Illegal insurance brokers,” Woody warned, “are costing the industry millions and casting thousands of drivers unknowingly into the role of law breakers as soon as they get behind the wheel with no insurance.” But we’ll all sleep a little sounder tonight knowing the sinister Miah has been brought to book.

Just days after five C4C fraudsters were convicted for their roles in a staged accident that led to the death of an innocent woman driver, another mighty blow has been struck in the war against fraud.

Miah, 19 (evil beyond his years), has been convicted of a particularly insidious form of illegal or “ghost” broking (so called because its perpetrators are often shadowy individuals who flit about in a vaguely unnerving fashion and sometimes disappear when you try to look for them). Let us call his crime ‘Classified Ghost Broking’.

His cynical modus operandi was this: sensing an opportunity to get people to pay him some money without having to give them anything more than possibly a piece of paper in return, he placed no fewer than four speculative classified ads on the Gumtree website purporting to offer cheap motor insurance – when, of course, all along he knew perfectly well that he had no such cheap motor insurance to sell.

The only flaw in his cunning master plan – which might otherwise have cast literally millions of people unwittingly in the role of law breaker – was that no one buys insurance from classified ads on Gumtree. This may explain why nobody replied to any of Miah’s ads.

Following a timely tip-off from an anonymous Gumtree user, IFED were able to pounce before Miah’s crime spree could spiral any further out of control, pinning him to the floor (probably) and confiscating the personal computer Miah had used to place the incriminating ads, watch porn (possibly) and knock up the odd bogus insurance certificate, just in case.

Having admitted to four counts of fraud by false representation and one of possession of a controlled article for use in fraud, Miah was handed a 12-month conditional discharge by City of London Magistrates. He won’t be trying that ruse again in a hurry!

Well done IFED, we say here at Bankstone News. If this doesn’t put the fear of God in would-be fraudsters, we’d like to know what will!

Listen to the audio file here: teenage-ghostbroker


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