A ‘SLIP and trip’ conman who pretended to fall over in shops before claiming £11,000 in damages was exposed by bizarre CCTV footage.
Asad Khan, 44, went to shops in North Yorkshire accompanied by his young son to try to trick shops into paying out money for his fake injuries.
After he slipped, he went straight to a member of staff to complain about his fall.
In one incident, at a discount store, CCTV captured Khan initially walk past a spillage but look back noticing it.
He continued walking but made his way back towards it, up another aisle, before attempting his slip.
A member of staff who dealt with Khan at the pet shop said in her statement he had broken English and said to her, ‘I slip, accident, book’, and proceeded to write ‘I slip now’ in their log book.
When Khan was interviewed about each incident, he refused to answer several questions and didn’t clarify the extent of his injuries or whether he attended hospital.
If Khan had been successful with his claims, he would’ve benefited to the amount of £11,000.
But after injury experts examined the video, Khan’s falls were deemed ‘ridiculous’.
Det Con Adam Maskell, who led the investigation for the City of London Police’s Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department (IFED), said: ‘While the CCTV exposed Khan and showed how ridiculous his injury claims were, the severity of these types of “slip and trip” claims shouldn’t be understated.
‘As this case shows, irrespective of how insurance fraud is committed and on what scale, it will not be tolerated by IFED and the insurance industry, and perpetrators will be punished.’
The IFED began investigating Khan after receiving referrals from Allianz Insurance and Covea Insurance.
In June 2016, Khan submitted a claim to Allianz, stating that he’d been shopping at a discount store and slipped on a spillage in one of the aisles, resulting in injuries to his back, leg and hand.
A year later, in July 2017, Khan submitted a claim to Covea and told them he’d slipped on some water in a pet shop.
However, in both incidents, CCTV showed Khan had fallen in a deliberate and controlled manner, and walked out displaying no signs of any injuries.
James Burge, fraud manager at Allianz Insurance, said: ‘This case demonstrates that fraudsters will go to drastic lengths to get what they want.
‘Fortunately, our customer had CCTV footage, which could clearly challenge and prove that the claims made by Khan were dishonest.
‘It’s sad that people will still go to great efforts for their own financial gain, potentially damaging a business’ reputation in their bid to get compensation.
‘It’s important insurance companies and IFED continue to work together to protect genuine customers and fight fraud.
‘Hopefully, cases like this will make people think twice about committing fraud in the future.’
Khan was sentenced at Bradford crown court on January 31, after pleading guilty to one count of fraud by false representation.
He was handed a 10-month prison sentence suspended for 18 months, ordered to pay £940 in costs and ordered to do 60 hours’ unpaid work.