Search

Little Warley man jailed for part in gang that smashed up cars in insurance con

PUBLISHED: 09:33 19 February 2014 | UPDATED: 09:33 19 February 2014

Mohammed Mahee Ferdhaus. Picture: Met Police

Mohammed Mahee Ferdhaus. Picture: Met Police

Archant

The final member of a gang of men who smashed up top-end cars with baseball bats at “crash parties” as part of an insurance scam has been jailed.

Operation Scarp

Ferdhaus was the final man to be jailed under Operation Scarp.

Ringleader Haque, 29, of Lydford Road, Kilburn was sentenced to five years in prison and salesman Yusuf, 36, of Sandhurst Drive, Goodmayes, was given four.

Shalim Miah, 31, of Rampayne Street, Pimlico, was jailed for two years and Nazruislam Rahman, 34, of Turner Avenue, Tottenham, was given to a suspended one-year jail term and 140 hours of unpaid work.

Noveed Akthtar, 42, of Cochrane Court, Leyton, was sentenced to a year in jail and Halimur Rashid, 30, of Leamington Gardens, Goodmayes, was given fifteen months.

Businessman Mohammed Mahee Ferdhaus, 40, was sentenced to three years for laundering at least half a million pounds from a “crash for cash” con.

Also known as Jay Ferdhaus, of Prettigate Farm, Little Warley, Brentvvood, pleaded guilty to offences under the Proceeds of Crime Act and was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court on Monday.

His six accomplices, including his brother and ringleader Mohammed Samsul Haque, were sentenced in October 2011 following a four-year police operation.

The gang made £1.17million for themselves by faking insurance claims, police said.

Motor Alliance, a based in Tottenham, was set up by mastermind Haque to handle fraudulent insurance claims offering storage facilities and replacement vehicle hire.

Police also unearthed evidence of a “crashing party” at the garage at the Motor Alliance premises where the gang enjoyed some food and drink before Haque and Rosul Yusuf ordered people to smash cheap cars into high-end vehicles including Mercedes, BMWs and Jaguars.

If the damage was not enough for a claim, they would then beat the most expensive cars with baseball bats, police said.

The conmen ensured the low value cars were always “at fault” in the fake claims, allowing them to make as much money as possible from repair costs for the damaged vehicle and storage.

They could make tens of thousands of pounds for a bogus courtesy car - often conveniently provided from the company’s stock of vehicles – by charging insurance companies up to £350 a day.

From November 2005 to October 2008 a number of London-based accident management companies were used as a front for at least 124 claims.

But the scam began to unravel after a duped insurance company tipped off the police about irregularities, leading officers to find 64 files relating to fake insurance claims in a 2008 raid that prompted the first arrests.

Over four years the investigating officers took over 500 witness statements and 10,000 pages of documentary evidence against the seven men.

Latest Romford News Stories

Yesterday, 17:32

A nurse who had never before competed in a race let alone a marathon has raised more than £2,100 for Richard House Children’s Hospice.

Yesterday, 12:50

In an attempt to save lives and deter drivers from breaking speed limits, new sentencing guidelines came into effect yesterday.

Yesterday, 12:00

With obesity in adults and children continually rising, concerns abound not only as to the content of the food we are eating, and how active we are, but also to the medical conditions which can come on as a result.

Yesterday, 11:21

As the dust settles on the London Marathon and participants tend to their aches and pains now is the time to acknowledge the charitable efforts of Havering’s many runners.

Yesterday, 10:16

Major refurbishment works costing more than £1.5million have begun at a leisure centre to improve its facilities.

Yesterday, 07:00

After a busy career catching crooks a former police officer continues to make sure houses stay safe by fitting burglar alarms.

Mon, 16:06

A boxing legend came to Romford on Saturday and proved to be a real knockout with shoppers.

Mon, 16:04

Julie Marson has been announced as the Conservative candidate for Dagenham and Rainham, saying she promises to help “deliver Brexit”.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now