Couple charged over CTP insurance fraud, NSW

A couple has been charged for allegedly defrauding the Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance scheme, NSW Police say.

In August 2016, detectives from the State Crime Command’s Fraud and Cybercrime Squad established Strike Force Ravens to investigate syndicates targeting the CTP insurance scheme following recommendations of the CTP Task Force.

The CTP Task Force is a NSW Government initiative coordinated by the State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA), involving representatives from various government agencies and legal, health, and insurance sectors.

As part of ongoing investigations, Strike Force Ravens detectives executed a search warrant at a home at Merrylands about 8.30am today.

During the warrants, police seized electronic storage devices and documentation.

Detectives arrested a 39-year-old woman at the home and a 44-year-old man at Merrylands Police Station.

Both the man and woman were charged with five fraud-related offences.

Police will allege in court the pair staged a car crash and submitted fraudulent CTP insurance claims.

The pair has been granted conditional bail and due to appear at Fairfield Local Court on Wednesday 24 May 2017.

Fraud & Cybercrime Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Arthur Katsogiannis, said the work of Strike Force Ravens investigators is ongoing.

“Detectives are meticulously examining claim forms and other documentation, and their work to date must be commended,” Det Supt Katsogiannis said.

“We are committed to dismantling this business model and I again warn those involved in facilitating, submitting, or participating in fraudulent CTP insurance claims to come forward before we come to you.

“There are now three people before the courts and as our inquiries continue, there’ll be more to come,” Det Supt Katsogiannis said.

NSW Minister for Finance, Services and Property Victor Dominello said the two arrests are a reminder of the police and NSW Government’s determination to bring fraudsters to justice.

“Bogus claims are not just a fraud on insurance companies; they are a fraud on every motorist who pays for the scheme through their Green Slip. We understand that motorists are fed up with these fraudsters and will do everything in our power to bring them to justice,” Mr Dominello said.

“These arrests are yet another major breakthrough and demonstrate our commitment to fighting for motorists, hunting down fraudsters, destroying their business model, and holding them to account for their actions.”

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to CTP Green Slip fraud to call Crime Stoppers.

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