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Men Cause Crash On Motorway To Falsely Claim Injury Compensation

Three men have admitted to causing a motorway crash in order to obtain £150,000 in personal injury compensation.

Suspicion regarding the fraudulent claims emerged in December 2011 when about thirty whiplash injury claims were made following a coach crash near the M57.

26 year old Liam Grey admitted two and 35 year old Hamilton and 20 year old Ben Carberry admitted to one conspiracy to defraud charges.

The crash came to Southwick Crown Court when the suspicions were referred by the underwriters Service Underwriting to the insurance fraud team of the City of London Police.

The three accused will be sentenced at a later date.

According to the coach driver, the passengers said that there was an impact and asked to stop the coach, although the driver did not feel there was an impact.

The vehicles were superficially damaged.  The passengers told the driver that they did not feel well and asked if they could be taken to a pub in Bootle, Merseyside.

The court was told that the three man ran into the pub which was across a dual carriageway after providing their details.

Low Speed Collision

It was established that Gray had purchased the Renault Megane which was involved in the collision before the crash.  Carberry had arranged for the coach and paid for the group booking.

It was also found that the vehicle was being driven at a very low speed by Hamilton and it was a low speed rear end collision with the coach.

Gray has been remanded in custody and he, along with Hamilton and Carberry will be sentenced at a later date.

According to Det Sgt Mark Foster, it was a carefully planned crime to commit insurance fraud.  Those involved in the crash were friends and believed that a coach trip was the perfect vehicle they could use to commit the crime.