Liverpool Victoria v. Singh – (Fraud)


Practice Areas

Civil Fraud

Cases Citation

Lawtel 30.05.13 – HHJ Robinson QC

Dishonest injury litigant committed to prison for contempt of Court

Marcus Grant (instructed By Craig Glover of Keoghs LLP) appeared for the Liverpool Victoria Insurance Company in a committal action in the High Court in Sheffield for contempt of court in respect of signing a statement of truth on one or more documents that the signatories knew to be untrue in such a way as likely to interfere with the course of justice. Mr. Singh was jailed for eight months after admitting he lied in court following a ‘crash for cash’ car accident that fraud investigators from Keoghs, later proved never actually took place. Mr. Singh, aged 47, from Doncaster, originally told his insurers that, together with two passengers, the car he was driving was involved in a collision with one driven by Latvian, Mr Didzus. Mr Didzus, aged 35, from Rotherham, claimed he had three passengers in his car at the time of the alleged accident in January 2010. The total amount insurers would have been obliged to pay-out for the claim was in excess of £120,000 including medical treatment for the two drivers and five fictitious passengers for personal injuries, car repairs, credit hire and storage, and all third party legal costs. Mr Singh’s claim was dismissed in court on 18 September 2012 and LV= began proceedings against Mr Singh for contempt of court, to which Mr Singh pleaded guilty. On Wednesday 19 December, Mr Singh was sentenced to eight months in prison at Sheffield County Court. Judge Robinson commented that: “Those tempted to make fraudulent claims from fictitious accidents should take heed. False claims take up valuable court time that could be better spent resolving genuine disputes. Fraud costs the insurance industry an eye-watering £2 billion pounds each year and honest motorists would also agree that money could be better spent.”

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Marcus Grant

Marcus Grant
Year of Call: 1993