Crash for cash sentencing – Oxfordshire, Berkshire and London
Wednesday 20 August 2014, 5:11pm
Two people were sentenced to a total of five years and seven months’ imprisonment on Friday (15/8) at Reading Crown Court for their involvement in a conspiracy to induce traffic collisions in order to make fraudulent insurance claims for personal injury, known colloquially as ‘crash for cash’.
They were convicted of the offences at Reading Crown Court on 24 June.
The sentencing relates to seven collisions across the Thames Valley and Metropolitan Police areas and the organisation of a further 76 collisions.
Nasir Mahmood, aged 32, of Morpeth Close, Whitley, Reading was convicted of conspiracy to commit section two fraud and conspiracy to drive dangerously. He was sentenced to four years in prison.
Aniela Chaudhry, aged 39, of Alan Place, Reading was convicted of conspiracy to commit section two fraud and conspiracy to drive dangerously. She was sentenced to 21-months in prison.
The seven collisions were as follows;
12.15am 05/09/11 A329 towards Reading from Bracknell, Jennets Park Roundabout.
11.30am 5/10/11, Madejski Roundabout, A33, Reading / towards J11 M4
10.10pm 02/01/12 Waterworks Roundabout, Liston Road, London
7pm 29/02/12 (A4074) A4074 just south of Benson on the way to Oxford, A4074
11.03am 22/05/12 on the J13 slip road joining the M4 motorway, Newbury.
2am 25/05/12 leaving the roundabout at A10 Great Cambridge Rd, Enfield, Junction with the M25, J25
2.30am 25/05/12 leaving the roundabout at A10 Great Cambridge Rd, Enfield, Junction with the M25, J25
All seven collisions concerned two offending vehicles driving in convoy. The first vehicle would make an erratic maneuver and the second vehicle would brake and an innocent road user collide with the rear of it.
In August 2012, Thames Valley Police executed a series of search warrants in the Reading area. Officers recovered paperwork and handwritten notes, which corresponded to a further 76 collisions, from the home of Aniela Chaudhry. Forensic evidence linked the material to Nasir Mahmood who was organising these collisions.
Should members of the public have any information or intelligence on crash of cash fraud please contact the Insurance Fraud Bureau’s free and confidential Cheatline, by calling 0800 422 0421.
Notes for editors:
Bernie Bautista, aged 43, of Elm Park Road, Reading has been convicted of conspiracy to commit section two fraud and conspiracy to drive dangerously. He will be sentenced on 28 August 2014 Photos of Mahmood and Chaudhry are available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org