Two men have been sentenced to 18 years collectively in jail for a cash for crash scam.
Boota Ram, one of the men involved in the scam remains on the run and the Thames Valley Police are appealing for the public to help trace him.
Ram and his accomplice, Gangandeep Gangandeep of Faraday Road, Slough were discovered to be carrying out dangerous manoeuvers at mini-roundabouts around the Slough area, causing other drivers to crash into them.
The men would then hand out crib sheets which contained their personal details with their telephone number and insurance information to their victims at the crime scenes.
The crib sheets analysed by the IFB were able to connect multiple collisions to one another due to the common handwriting and telephone numbers.
These telephone numbers were later found on the suspect’s personal mobile phones and used as evidence in the trial.
A total of 500 deliberate crashes with a similar amount of fraudulent policies were taken by the pair to cover their vehicles until the crash. This meant the claims submitted were worth millions of pounds.
The investigators found hundreds of fake licenses and passports used to submit multiple claims under different names and addresses. In an attempt to cover their tracks, the pair scrapped over 80 vehicles at the same scrap yard.
The investigation into the scam began in September 2014 with the IFB working alongside the Thames Valley Police.
Following a four week trial, the pair were found guilty and sentenced to a total of 18 years at a hearing on 9October at the Reading Crown Court.
Jason Potter head of investigations said: “It’s lucky that no-one was more seriously hurt in this greedy and dangerous scam. These criminals put the lives of people in their own neighbourhood in danger, deliberately colliding with innocent members of the public just to line their own pockets.
“This scam was worth millions, and it’s down to the hard work, tenacity and patience of all those involved that have ensured these fraudsters have been held accountable for their crimes.”
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