Smash repairer charged with fraud, NSW

A smash repairer from Sydney’s south-west has been charged by detectives investigating fraudulent Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance claims, 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 arrested a 56-year-old man at a business at Warwick Farm, about 8.30am today.

He was taken to Liverpool Police Station and charged with fraud.

Police will allege the man knowingly participated in activities associated with making fraudulent insurance claims.

He was granted conditional bail and is due to appear at Liverpool Local Court on Tuesday 20 June 2017.

Fraud & Cybercrime Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Arthur Katsogiannis, commended the meticulous work of Strike Force Ravens investigators.

“Detectives are continuing to gather and examine claim forms and other documentation, and the results are showing their hard work is paying off,” Det Supt Katsogiannis said.

“Our investigation remains focused on the business model and dismantling it; one by one, we will put every person who knowingly played a part in defrauding the CTP scheme before the courts.

“That said, it’s not too late to come forward if you are, or have been, involved in submitting or facilitating fraudulent claims. Come and see us before we come for you,” Det Supt Katsogiannis said.

Minister for Finance, Services and Property Victor Dominello said the arrest is a reminder that fraudsters have nowhere to hide and will be brought to justice.

“Motorists are sick and tired of paying higher Green Slip premiums because of fraudsters and their illegal activities,” Mr Dominello said.

“Every arrest is a win for motorists. By cracking down on these crooks, the ring leaders and web of lies we are delivering a fairer, more affordable CTP Green Slip Scheme.”

To date, Strike Raven investigators have arrested six people and laid more than 70 charges in relation to a combined fraud of $6.2 million.

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

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