Two men who made a total of £167,246 from a ‘crash for cash’ scam have been given 28 days to pay back a whopping £1.
Israr Hussain and Shazad Shad were sentenced to 4 month jail terms, suspended for two years, last August after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation and conspiracy to commit money laundering.
The fraud involved using sophisticated methods including stealing the identities of elderly people living in care homes and vulnerable women, even using the BBC Children in Needs bank account details.
The pair sent bogus personal injuries claims to law firms and unlike other ‘crash for cash’ scams, this scam did not involve any vehicle collisions.
Staff at several law firms had to be laid off or closed down after suffering huge loses up to £20,000.
Yesterday at a proceeds of crime hearing at Bradford Crown Court, Judge Peter Benson, told the pair ‘“I am satisfied that you have benefited from criminal conduct to the extent of £167,246.’
But the Judge could only impose a nominal order of £1 each on Hussain, 32, and 31-year-old Shad.
He told them: “I am satisfied that you have benefited from criminal conduct to the extent of £167,246.
“The only reasonable asset in each of your cases is £1. I make a confiscation order in each case of £1. It has to be paid within 28 days.”
Bradford West MP Naz Shah said due to the pairs greed, innocent motorists would now have to pay.
Naz Shah said “It is a mockery”.
“If you look at car insurance in Bradford, it is because of people like this that we have car insurance so high. And then to be asked to pay just £1 back each. “The real cost and severity is to the average motorists in Bradford who have to pay an extra premium because of people like them. What they have done punishes every single motorist in Bradford – that is not fair, that is not justice.
“I think it is absolutely shocking.
“Innocent motorists, hard-working people, are having to pay for the greed of these two people.”