Pair jailed for car insurance scam

Two brothers who masterminded one of Britain's biggest ever "crash for cash" car insurance scams have been jailed for 11 years in total.

Rezwan Javed, 34, and his older brother Rehan, 36, from Burnley, made £995,915 from defraudingcar insurance companies after making 0 claims about minor traffic accidents, police said.

The pair, from Dovedale Close, were handed prison sentences at Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester after being found guilty of conspiracy to defraud and possession of an article for use in fraud at an earlier trial. Rezwan Javed was sentenced to six years in prison, while Rehan received a five-year prison term.

The Javeds would hire people to drive around and stop at roundabouts. The drivers would break suddenly, causing a shunt as the car behind was looking right for traffic to clear so they could join the roundabout.

The brothers would then make bogus claims for repairs, write-offs and storage costs. They would also claim there were three people in the car hit from behind, with each claim netting around £3,000.

Passing sentence Judge Bernard Lever said: "I have required the prosecution to produce the exact and most recent statistics of motor insurance fraud, which is costing every motorist £44 per year per policy and the insurance industry £2 billion per year."

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