Two men from Hatfield deported after making false insurance claims

PUBLISHED: 09:32 20 August 2013 | UPDATED: 11:53 20 August 2013


TWO men from Hatfield have been ordered to leave the country after making false fraud claims.

The men, aged 28 and 27, reported a robbery on May 3 claiming to have been robbed of two mobile phones.

Further investigations uncovered a resident at the man’s property had also reported a robbery in St Albans the previous day, where two iPhones were stolen.

Following suspicions about the validity of the accounts, both men were arrested on suspicion of fraud.

Upon visiting the men’s home, officers uncovered a large number of high value mobile phones.

Further enquiries uncovered multiple insurance claims during the previous year from this address.

As a result of the investigation both men admitted fraud and wasting police time and were issued a caution.

They have also been ordered to leave the country after they were found to be living in the UK on expired visas.

Police have now issued a warning to people thinking of making false reports of robbery to claim insurance or to sell items on.

Detective Inspector Oliver Johnston said: “These men had consistently defrauded insurance companies by making false reports of robbery. If you report a theft or robbery, we will always conduct a robust investigation, and use all tools at our disposal to detect the crime. If we suspect, as we did in this case, that the report is fabricated we will take action.

“These men will now have criminal records and have been deported. False reports such as these waste precious police resources in a challenging financial climate and I would urge anyone thinking of taking this course of action to think twice or you will face the consequences.”

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