Council successfully prosecutes insurance fraudsters
by Gill Montia
The London Borough of Havering has brought successful prosecutions for contempt of court against three people attempting insurance fraud.
Marc Bowyer, of Rush Green, and James Jones, of Dagenham, both pleaded guilty at The Royal Courts of Justice earlier this week.
In addition, Mr Bowyer’s father, Richard Bowyer, who denied any involvement in the scam, was found guilty of contempt of court.
The case began in 2006 when Marc Bowyer sustained a double fracture to his ankle when on his way home in the early hours of a June morning.
He claimed his injuries were caused by tripping on a pothole outside Hornchurch Sports Centre and Mr Jones, who called an ambulance, backed up the story, as did Mr Bowyer senior.
A compensation claim against the Council was launched and on initial evidence the Council accepted liability but officers became suspicious when written A&E records from the ambulance team stated that Marc Bowyer had fallen from a wall.
The claim was eventually withdrawn in October 2010, over four years after the incident, but the Council pursued contempt of court charges.
The sentencing of all three defendants will take place today, with each facing a maximum of two years’ imprisonment.
Havering Council’s cabinet member for value, Councillor Roger Ramsey, comments: “This case could have cost Havering Council well over £100,000 … claims against the public purse which are found to be fraudulent should be pursued in the strongest manner and the people responsible prosecuted.”