A director of a claims management company (not a Solicitors Firm) has been jailed after pursuing claims on behalf of a group of teenagers without their knowledge.
Samir Kahn, also known as Waheed Rafiq (pictured), sent bogus documentation to a law firm in support of claims on behalf of a group of 15-year-olds who had been in a low-impact collision with a police car.
The boys, passengers in a taxi, had given their personal details to Worcester-based CMC Sylla Accident Management & Solutions after the collision in June 2011.
Insurer Travelers paid £24,359 in cheques after a successful pursuit of four claims using medical reports and parental consent forms.
But an investigation by the City of London Police’s insurance fraud enforcement department (IFED) found that the boys’ parents had contacted the solicitors stating they had not been instructed to pursue any claims and the parents did not wish to because their children were not injured.
It transpired that Kahn had sent fake medical reports and two parent identity forms, one in each of his names, purporting to be legal guardian of two of the boys.
This resulted in the money being paid to Kahn and two of his family members.
Kahn, 44, pleaded guilty to money laundering and was sentenced to 12 months in jail at Worcester Crown Court earlier this month.
IFED has also applied to the court to confiscate the proceeds of Kahn’s crime.
Detective sergeant Matt Hussey, whose team led the investigation, said: ‘Kahn used the schoolboys’ collision to gain money he was not entitled to from an insurer. The fact the collision was with a police car shows the confidence Kahn had that he would not be caught.’