Bristol driver handed suspended sentence for insurance fraud

AXA has worked with Avon and Somerset police to uncover a fraudulent car insurance claim which landed a Bristol motorist a 16 week suspended sentence and 100 hours community of service.

16 August 2016

Posted in Community

by Cecile Brisson (see media contact)

Benjamin Ogborne, 36, of Grange Road, Bristol was found guilty of two counts of fraud by false representation at North Avon Magistrates Court earlier this month.

Ogborne was involved in an accident while driving his uninsured pick up truck in March. However, Ogborne phoned the other driver days later and persuaded them to report that a different, fully insured, vehicle was involved in the accident instead.

A third party damage claim for £10,690 was submitted but after the incident aroused the suspicions of the Avon and Somerset police Ogborne admitted to the deception.

After pleading guilty in court, as well as the suspended sentence and the community service, Ogborne was ordered to pay £600 in costs and had eight penalty points put on his licence.

Tom Wilson, Counter Fraud Manager at AXA Insurance said: “We are delighted that the court has taken this case seriously enough to punish this fraudster for his offences.

“Even when car insurance fraudsters are not part of organised cash for crash rings they should still be held fully uncountable for their actions.

“The police should be commended for their efforts in pursuing the offender in this case. With another court victory against fraud we are sending the strong message that this kind of behaviour will not be tolerated.”