Garda raids investigating bogus insurance claims

By Maurice Garvey

GARDAI carried out a number of raids in West Dublin on Wednesday, as part of a large-scale investigation into bogus insurance claims.

Up to six high value cars and jewellery worth in excess of €300k was seized along with a substantial amount of documentation and financial records.

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Six high value cars and jewellery worth in excess of €300,000 was seized

Operation Coatee – which targets insurance related criminality - was led by the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau (GNECB), who have identified over 20 suspect insurance claims, some of which have already been paid out to claimants.

During the searches in West Dublin, GNECB were supported by personnel attached to Lucan Garda Station, CAB and Armed Support Units.

Investigations by GNECB, indicate a number of targets in the operation have submitted multiple claims, in many circumstances while using false identities.

Suspected bogus claims involve false claims of injury sustained through slips and falls.

Gardai are seeking additional evidence with a view to submitting files to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), in an effort to prosecute those suspected of insurance related criminality.

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Jewellery seized

Additionally, search warrants were executed at a number of solicitor’s offices.

Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll, Special Crime Operations (SCO) said: “The Garda Síochána is determined to identify all those persons who are involved in the making of bogus insurance claims and to maximise its potential to initiate prosecution, through engaging in coordinated operation activity, such as that undertaken today.”

“Where financial gain has already been achieved by those involved in this form of criminality the Garda Síochána will utilise available legislation to identify relevant assets and target them for seizure.”

 While headed up by SCO, the operation utilizes specialist garda units including the GNECB, the Garda National Drugs & Organised Crime Bureau, CAB, and the Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigations.

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