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Cash for crash crooks in contrived pile-up jailed; Trio rumbled after insurance company saw dashcam footage.

Byline: Ashley Preece Staff Reporter

THREE Birmingham 'crash for cash' fraudsters have been jailed for engineering a 50mph pile-up on the M6 in a bid to win an insurance payout.

Dashcam footage showed an innocent driver smash into the back of a car on a motorway slip road in Coventry after driver Mohammed Azam, 47, slammed on the brakes.

He and his two accomplices, Husnain Ahmed, 22 and 25-year-old Sufyan Lone, all then put in personal claims for whiplash worth more than PS28,000. But they were rumbled when dashcam footage from the driver targeted in the scam was viewed by insurer Hastings Direct - and triggered a police investigation.

And all three admitted one count of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation at Birmingham Crown Court . Azam, of Gannow Gardens, Rubery; and Ahmed, of Bennetts Road, Saltley, were each jailed for 25 months. Lone, of Malthouse Lane, Great Barr was jailed for 20 months.

The sentences were welcomed by City of London Police's Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department, which investigated.

Det Con Kevin Hughes said: "These men were solely focused on making a financial gain and clearly didn't care about endangering the innocent driver they targeted, as well as other drivers in the area.

"Despite driving at such a high speed, thankfully no-one was seriously injured and it resulted in these men getting the punishment they rightly deserve."

The dashcam footage showed two cars in front of the targeted driver travelling erratically and very close together. The one directly in front carried out an emergency stop, causing him to smash into the rear of it.

Azam told police he had been involved in a road rage incident with the car in front, which caused him to suddenly stop.

One of the men who got out of the car after the collision also claimed they had to brake because of a lorry travelling along the motorway.

But the dashcam footage revealed those stories were lies.

Matt Stevens, director of counterfraud at Hastings Direct, said: "We make significant investment in counter fraud operations to protect honest customers from criminal activity. The sentencing sends out a strong message and we are delighted to work with the Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department and bring these fraudsters to justice."

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Left, footage of the deliberate crash caused on a motorway slip road by Mohammed Azam (right) and his fellow crooks

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