The Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department (IFED) is a specialist police unit dedicated to tackling insurance fraud. Established in 2012, IFED is funded by Association of British Insurers (ABI) and Lloyds of London members, and is hosted by the City of London Police within the Economic Crime Directorate. IFED's team of detectives, financial investigators and police staff act with operational independence while working closely with the insurance industry.
IFED is tackling established criminality – motor insurance fraud, commercial and public liability fraud – while at the same focusing on emerging threats, such as illegal insurance advisers (‘ghost brokers’).
The unit is also uncovering and dismantling the organised crime gangs that are responsible for an increasing amount of today's insurance fraud, and changing the public perception that committing small time 'opportunistic' fraud does not really matter.
Collectively these actions will make England and Wales a more hostile environment for people who commit insurance fraud, be it for a few pounds or several million.
Since the units inception in 2012, IFED has convicted 441 insurance fraudsters, leading to 242 years in custodial sentences, 110 years in suspended sentences, 14,395 hours in community orders and just over £142,000 in fines. Further, 1,160 additional outcomes, including 506 cautions/conditional cautions have also been achieved. The unit's Financial Investigators have also made 142 financial orders, with over £3 million being forfeited by insurance fraudsters.