Fraudster ordered to pay £58K following bogus Lamborghini Aventador claims
12 April 2022
A fraudster from Greater Manchester has been ordered to pay £58,000 in compensation to insurers after making fraudulent claims on a £290,000 Lamborghini Aventador, following an investigation by the Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB) and City of London Police's Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department (IFED).
Darren Jacobson (previously known as Darren Morris), 47, of Mesne Road, Worsley was found to have made two claims for his luxury sports car to Aviva for the same car accident in two different names. He also misrepresented his claims history and criminal record when setting up a policy with Zurich, concealing information that would have prevented the cover from being accepted.
Information shared by the two insurers with the IFB and IFED, resulted in Officers uncovering that Jacobson had collectively defrauded them out of £60,000.
It was also found that in 2011, Darren Morris legally changed his name via deed poll to Jacobson and that he had been exploiting his new name as part of his elaborate scam.
Stephen Dalton, Head of Intelligence and investigations at IFB said:
“Fraudsters like Darren Jacobson – also known as Darren Morris - need to learn that their web of lies will catch up with them. Fortunately, because we work so closely with the police and insurers to detect suspicious activity, we could quickly establish the fraudulent links in this complex case and help to bring Jacobson to justice.
“We hope this serves as an important reminder to anyone who thinks it’s OK to make a bogus insurance claim, that fraud is never worth the risk.”
Jacobson was sentenced on 7 April 2022 at Southward Crown Court to 22 months in prison suspended for 18 months, ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work and to pay £58,000 in compensation to Aviva and Zurich. He had previously pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud by false representation in November 2021.
More details about this joint investigation are available on City of London Police's news centre.
Evidence of insurance fraud can be reported to the IFB's confidential Cheatline (powered by CrimeStoppers) at 0800 422 0421 or online.