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October 6, 2011

LV= wins £650,000 fraud case

by Gill Montia

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LV= has won contempt of court proceedings brought against an attempted personal injury fraudster and her family.

All three family members involved in the case have been sentenced to serve between three and six months’ imprisonment.

This is the first time, as result of County Court proceedings of this type, that immediate custodial sentences have been delivered against accomplices of a fraudster, in this case Mrs Shah’s family.

The case, which was heard at the Royal Courts of Justice in London on 5th October, saw LV= bring proceedings against Mrs Minaxi Shah, who claimed damages for personal injury and associated loss arising out of a road traffic accident with an LV= customer which occurred in December 2005.

Mrs Shah claimed that as a result of the accident she was severely disabled, unable to work and requiring between five to eight hours of care and assistance every day.

At the time, the claimant was in receipt of incapacity benefits and the claim overall was valued in excess of £650,000.

Evidence in support of the claim was given by Mr Anil Shah (husband) and Miss Neha Shah (daughter) who both provided signed statements to the court confirming the claimant’s allegations.

Due to suspicions around the validity of the case, LV= obtained evidence which proved that not only was the claimant not disabled as alleged, but that she was actually working as an accountant, the same career she had prior to the accident.

LV= technical claims director, Martin Milliner, says: “This is a significant victory however we believe that there needs to be a step change in the law to deter attempted fraudsters getting any damages in a case like this.”

He adds: “Currently, even when criminal activity is proven, the law still allows claimants to retain the damages they are awarded for the accepted part of their claim.

“LV= believes that it’s unacceptable for fraudsters to benefit in anyway and receive any kind of payment.”

Keoghs represented LV= in the case.


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