Solicitors raided by gardaí as part of insurance fraud investigation

Solicitors raided by gardaí as part of insurance fraud investigation

A number of solicitor offices were raided by gardaí this week as part of an investigation into potentially fraudulent insurance claims.

The Garda National Economic Crime Bureau (GNECB) believes that a number of targets in the operation have submitted multiple claims, in many cases while using false identities.

The suspected bogus claims involved in this case, result from false claims of injury sustained through slips and falls.

Personnel attached to GNECB supported by additional personnel attached to Lucan Garda Station, CAB and the Armed Support Units (ASUs), undertook searches in west Dublin on Wednesday to gather evidence for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

In a statement, gardaí said search warrants were also “executed at a number of solicitor’s offices”.

Arising from the searches, six high-value cars and jewellery with a value in excess of €300,000 was seized, along with a substantial amount of documentation and financial records.

Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll, Special Crime Operations (SCO), said: “The Garda Síochána is determined to identify all those persons who are involved in the making of bogus insurance claims and to maximise its potential to initiate prosecution, through engaging in coordinated operation activity, such as that undertaken today.”

He added: “Where financial gain has already been achieved by those involved in this form of criminality the Garda Síochána will utilise available legislation to identify relevant assets and target them for seizure.”

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