Warwick car fraudster jailed - The Leamington Observer

Warwick car fraudster jailed

Leamington Editorial 20th Nov, 2023   0

A CAR fraudster from Warwick who helped his gang make more than £225,000 in elaborate insurance scams has been jailed.

Amandeep Gill, of Corbison Close, was part of a group who fraudulently claimed that high-value classic cars had been stolen over a period of eight years.

The elaborate scam took place from 2009 to 2017 and saw those involved making insurance claims for 21 ‘stolen’ classics – with the claims equalling between £10,000 and £25,000 each time.

In reality the cars – all classic 1980s Ford Escort RS Turbos and similar – had been sold or got rid of by their last legitimate keepers for scrap value.




The defendants used altered photos and false plates on genuine high value RS Turbos under their control to create the impression that the vehicles were in good condition.

They would then use fake sales invoices and fraudulently obtained MOT certificates to insure the vehicles for a high Agreed Value policy.


The scammers would get insurance in place, wait several months and then submit bogus theft reports – resulting in payouts of between £10,000 and £25,000.

Suspicions were raised – triggering a police investigation which ultimately saw the Crown Prosecution Service agreeing to a total of 42 charges against 19 defendants.

All 19 were convicted of fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud.

Among those with significant prison sentences were 52-year-old Jason Sallis of Blondvil Street in Coventry, who was convicted of eight counts of fraud and sentenced to 36 months in prison, and 35-year-old Mr Gill, who was convicted of conspiracy to commit fraud and sentenced to 32 months in prison.

DC Alison Roberts said: “This was an elaborate scheme and for those eight years, those involved were enjoying payouts courtesy of everyone who pays for car insurance.

“It is a shame that law-abiding citizens have to pay out more on their insurance premiums because the likes of Sallis, Gill and their associates were willing to work together to create fictitious claims.

“I hope this sentence serves as a warning to others involved in these sorts of scams.

“Those involved in frauds like this should be under no illusion that they could face a custodial sentence, a criminal record and having to pay back what they have taken.”

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