Wed, 22 May 2019

DUBLIN, Ireland - The Garda National Economic Crime Bureau (GNECB) is investigating a large number of insurance claims which they say may be bogus.

In some instances claims have already been approved and paid.

It is understood more than 20 insurance claims are being investigated.

The bureau has already established that multiple claims have been made by certain parties using false identities.

The claims relate to slips and falls.

Personnel attached to GNECB supported by officers from Lucan Garda Station, CAB and the Armed Support Units undertook a number of searches on Wednesday in the West Dublin area, to gather additional evidence, with a view to submitting files to the Director of Public Prosecutions. Additionally, search warrants were executed at a number of solicitor’s offices. Six high value cars and jewellery with a value in excess of €300,000 were seized along with a substantial amount of documentation and financial records.

"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," Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll, Special Crime Operations said,

The assistant commissioner added, "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."

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