At a star-sprinkled gala piss-up at London’s prestigious Brewery last night, the winners of this year’s Insurance Fraud Awards were announced to vast heaving throngs of mildly deranged revellers.

With, as the event’s organisers noted, “over 2600 new fraudulent claims being uncovered each week”, picking winners was never going to be easy.

Bankstone News, thankfully, was not there, and consequently has not the faintest idea who won (although, Bankstone honcho Vic Tysoe was present, so, theoretically, we could ask him – except that he’s probably slumped unconscious in a hotel room wardrobe somewhere in the Barbican vicinity, peacefully slumping off the after-effects of all that wild revelry).

In the meantime here’s our best guess as to who might have scooped those coveted awards.

Category: Best Insurance Fraud involving backing tapes

Winner: Danyal Bukharee of Putney

Post Magazine reported earlier this year that Mr B made over £5000 000 (sic) by duping unsuspecting punters into coughing up for non-existent cover. Read all about it here.

Category: Best use of Hacking in an Insurance Fraud

Joint Winners: Jimmy Edwards and Insure My Box

The judges were particularly impressed by Edwards’ highly original plan to insure hundreds of vehicles for mere pennies thanks to Insure My Box’s fraud-friendly payment systems. Read more here.

Category: Fraud Funded Lifestyle Award

Winners: Elina Jaksone and Gagik Kyriacos Manucharyan

Jaksone and Manucharyan deserve recognition for their outstanding contribution to ghostbroking and for underdeclaring income of just under £1m to HMRC. Read more here.

Category: The Crash for Cash Award

Winner: Mo Haque and friends

North London metal man Mohammed Samsul Haque is basically some kind of genius, a “criminal mastermind” who made £2m smashing up luxury motors for insurance cash. To find out more click here

Category: The Mass Fraud Award

Winner: 86 people in Wales

Whole bunch of ‘em, apparently. Find out more here.

Category: The Michael Bright Lifetime Achievement Award

Winner: Birmingham

The UK’s second city deserves recognition for topping the motor fraud league for a record four successive years. Learn more here.

If you would like to nominate someone for the 2013 Insurance Fraud Awards, send your suggestions to [email protected] and we will be happy to forward them to the proper authorities.


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