A boxer who cloned a claims management company and then sold dozens of fake claims to a law firm has been jailed for four years.
Hamid Sediqi, from Harrow, also made £200,000 from contriving road traffic collisions and trying to claim compensation using fake bank accounts and stolen IDs. He was caught when the CMC whose identity he had stolen tried to contact the solicitors looking to work together, and found the firm had purportedly already been working with his company for two years.
Sediqi, 36, was jailed for insurance fraud at Inner London Crown Court and proceedings will now start under the Proceeds of Crime Act to recover the funds illegally obtained.
The court heard that in April 2014 Sediqi contacted a personal injury firm using a pseudonym – Kevin Heartbreak – and posing as the director of the company, offering to refer claims to the solicitors in exchange for a fee. It was agreed Heartbreak would received £500 plus VAT for claims relating to RTAs and £700 plus VAT for all other claims.
In total, Sediqi referred 76 claims to the solicitors and was paid £26,070 in fees. He is also thought to have received a minimum of £26,402 through the compensation paid out for the fraudulent claims he referred. Fees were paid into bank accounts associated with aliases used by Sediqi.
The court heard that insurer Aviva also detected 62 fraudulent motor insurance claims linked to Sediqi from 2016 to 2018. Acting with co-conspirators Belma Draganovic, from Harrow, and Mason Smith, from Hemel Hempstead, the group contrived RTAs to obtain around £200,000 compensation, with one of the three posing as the policyholder and claiming they hit another vehicle driven by another of the trio. The group pulled photos of damaged vehicles from the internet and submitted them to the insurer to back up their claims.
Sediqi and Draganovic used the money buy a penthouse apartment in Gran Canaria and ostentatious vehicles, including a bright pink Mazda RX7, which was seized by police in 2018 and auctioned to compensate victims of the frauds. Photos found on Sediqi’s phone showed him and his dog covered in wads of cash.
Draganovic, 32, was sentenced to 11 months’ imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, while Smith received a three-month tagged curfew order.
Detective Constable Haywood, from the City of London Police’s Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department, said: ‘With accomplices in tow, Sediqi managed to fraudulently accrue nearly £245,000, targeting solicitors and insurance companies, and stealing the identities of companies and members of the public. The trio of criminals became tangled in a web of lies, which ultimately led to their downfall and the truth being exposed.’