£150,000 worth of false accident claims were made by thirty bus passengers after they were involved in a staged bus crash.
London, UK -- (SBWIRE) -- 09/03/2013 -- Three fans of Everton FC who regularly travelled to away games together have been found guilty of staging a fake ‘crash for cash’ motorway accident with the aim of earning money from their accident claims. A bus filled with 30 passengers was driving from a pub in Liverpool to a dog track in Manchester when the alleged incident occurred. All thirty passengers on the vehicle subsequently made insurance claims for whiplash.
The driver of the bus had been suspicious since the initial accident when the passengers screamed at him to stop on a roundabout, stating that he had just crashed into another car despite the fact that he had felt nothing. Michael Hall, who prosecuted the case, told The Daily Mirror: “[The driver] felt it strange that the passengers had seen anything as the rear window is painted over with adverts and affords no view out of the back.”
Legitimate accident claims for whiplash can be worth up to £5,000, meaning the total cost of the claims filed by the men would have beenin the region of £150,000. The ‘cash for crash’ plan was uncovered when investigators found texts from a phone of one of the purported ringleaders of the group asking if any of the other men knew someone willing to stage a car crash in exchange for money.
The bus passengers’ defence was further weakened when the coach driver explained that upon returning to Liverpool the passengers ,who had complained of being in pain following the alleged accident, then proceeded to run across a dual carriage way to return to the pub where the journey had initially started.
This isn’t the first instance of its kind. A similar case was recently brought to the Sheffield Crown Court in which a total of twenty-six fraudulent accident claims were made by bus passengers following a staged low-speed collision.
The three men who organised the crash between Liverpool and Manchester are due to be sentenced by the courts soon.
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