Solicitors and accomplices are sentenced to 13 and a half years after orchestrating insurance fraud sham
Today (7 April 2017) six men have been jailed for a total of 13 and a half
years at Liverpool Crown Court for conspiracy to defraud by false
representation. The men worked together in their professional roles to
commit insurance fraud, defrauding victims of £426,000. This is the first
City of London Police Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department (IFED)
prosecution involving solicitors.
The six men were sentenced to the following:
Nadir Suleman, aged 31, from Clement Road, Preston, four years imprisonment .
Arif Patel, aged 33, from Highgate Avenue, Preston, 32 months imprisonment .
Nadim Iqbal, aged 28, from Grey Friars Avenue, Preston, 28 months imprisonment.
Aadiel Salya, aged 29, Walton Le Dale, Preston, two years imprisonment and a directors disqualification for seven years.
Wasim Iqbal, aged 27, from Manor Avenue, Preston, 15 months imprisonment .
Alex Butler, aged 29, from Parklands Drive, Preston, 15 months imprisonment and a directors disqualification for seven years.
The criminality first came to light in September 2012, when Suleman, a
qualified solicitor working at Faleys Solicitors in Blackburn, made a claim
on behalf of his wife, after her Mini Cooper fell from a ramp when it was
being repaired. The car was written off and Suleman submitted a claim to
NIG Insurance via Farleys, bypassing Farleys’ company procedures.
In addition to the claim for the Mini Cooper Suleman further claimed for
solicitors’ fees and the hire of a vehicle from Matrix Car Hire. Matrix Car
Hire purported to be controlled by Patel.
It was later found that the hire vehicle was in fact being advertised for
sale at a car dealership in Kent. Enquiries found that neither the
dealership nor the new buyer knew anything about Patel and Suleman.NIG
queried the claim and referred the case to IFED in April 2013 and an
investigation was launched.
On the 26 March 2014 Suleman and Patel were arrested at their home
addresses and their properties were searched. Evidence was seized which
exposed the extent of their fraudulent activity. Files on a computer seized
from Suleman’s house showed he was involved in a number of fraudulent
medical insurance claims.
Patel also had a number of fraudulent invoices which had been altered to
show treatments which had never been given to patients. Their phones were
confiscated by officers and Whatsapp conversations found on them, began to
show the size of the organised criminal network involved.
On 22 May 2014, officers arrested Nadim Iqbal at Dylan Nair Solicitors,
where he was working as a Paralegal. A search of his desk found falsified
medical reports with Farleys Solicitors referenced.
Nadim Iqbal also had several incriminating photographs of invoices on his
phone, one showing an invoice and a Dylan Nair cheque for £3,000 made
payable to Butler. When officers searched the boot of Nadim Iqbal’s car
they found eight claim files for road traffic accidents, a number of these
files appeared unusual and one of them being for a client linked to Plus
One Medical which Dylan Nair had no trading relationship with.
When officers investigated Plus One Medical, they found that fraudulent
claims were being made. Further investigation into the cheque made payable
to Butler led officers to Wasim Iqbal who was employed by Eastway
Solicitors as a trainee solicitor. Wasim Iqbal was found to be a close
friend of Butler who was the director of Plus One Medical. The pair were
arrested on 7 August 2014 and officers found a bundle of fraudulent Plus
One Medical invoices on Wasim Iqbal’s desk at Eastway Solicitors. Butler’s
computer and phone were seized and later examination of these items showed
them to be making fake medical claims.
Further examination of Suleman and Patel’s phones led detectives to arrest
Salya in February 2015. His phone and computer were seized and officers
found that he was a key player in ReplaceMyCar; a fraudulent hire care
company that Suleman and Patel had been naming when they had been making
On sentencing, the judge praised the hard work of Detective Constable Jones
and Financial Investigator Mark Broughton.
Head of the City of London Police’s Insurance Fraud Enforcement
Department, Detective Inspector Oliver Little said:
“This is a groundbreaking case for the Insurance Fraud Enforcement
Department; we have been investigating these solicitors and their
associates for a number of years, working tirelessly with the insurance
industry, Lancashire Police and the solicitors firms involved to ensure
that these men were finally brought to justice.
“These men abused their professional roles, betrayed their employers and
exploited the insurance industry for their own monetary gain. Today they
are facing the consequences of their greed and these sentences should help
to deter other professionals from pursuing a criminal path”.
A representative of Farleys Solicitors said:
“We would like to thank City of London Police for their painstaking work in
bringing Mr Suleman and his co-conspirators to justice. As a Solicitor, Mr
Suleman was required to conduct himself with integrity and to the highest
professional standards. Instead, he conspired with others to embark on a
complex fraud, letting down his clients, the good name of Farleys and the
“We have ensured that no client has suffered any financial loss as a result
of his conduct which has been reported to the Solicitors Regulation
Authority who will now take steps to remove him from the Solicitors Roll”.
James Dalton, Director of General Insurance Policy, Association of
British Insurers, said:
“This ruling shows that the industry will do whatever it takes to root out
anyone who abuses their professional position to commit insurance fraud.
The dishonesty of these solicitors and their associates tarnishes the
reputation of those honest claimant lawyers. These sentences reflect the
fact that never has the likelihood of receiving a custodial sentence and
collecting a criminal record, that could destroy careers, been greater.”
Mike Brown Head of Counter Fraud Intelligence with NIG, said:
"Insurance fraud is not a victimless crime. We are committed to working in
partnership with enforcement agencies to detect, disrupt and prosecute
those involved in this type of criminality. The sentences handed down today
should serve as a stark warning to those that seek to commit insurance