Tesco delivery drivers faked accidents in a massive ‘cash for a break’ scam.
Supermarket giant Tesco has been targeted in a ‘cash for a break’ scam which saw delivery drivers staging accidents so fraudsters could claim millions from the franchise.
Drivers working in Greenford, west London, are believed to have conspired with outsiders to conduct “managed” accidents, according to The Times.
Around a dozen Tesco drivers were allegedly involved in the scam.
Accident ‘victims’ then send Tesco a huge bill to cover loss of vehicle value, personal injuries and to pay for a hire car.
The company eventually registered when investigators discovered that the claimants had cars repaired in garages registered at the same address.
Many claimants also used the same lawyer.
Tesco’s lawyers estimated that the conspiracy involved more than a hundred people.
In what has been described as one of the largest civil fraud prosecutions in the UK, Tesco has begun prosecuting drivers and their co-conspirators in 32 separate cases in the District Court.
Judge Heather Boucher ordered the perpetrators to repay the costs incurred by Tesco, as well as an additional £18,000 in exemplary damages.
Tesco has been awarded almost £400,000 in cumulative damages in nine cases so far.
He believes the final reward will be “much higher.”
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A Tesco spokeswoman said the company welcomed the judges’ decision, but declined to comment further.
Manish Parmar, a former Tesco delivery driver, earned around £10 an hour when the accidents occurred, from 2019 to 2020.
Parmar was involved in five staged incidents over the course of six months, after two men, Nick and D, approached him.
The pair persuaded him to ram his truck into a specified car for £200 per hit, a sum far greater than his hourly wages.
Nik and Dee will then attend the scene, filling in details on the ‘Trauma Card’, Tesco’s collision report form.
Insurance Fraud Office director Ursula Gallo said these types of fraud cost insurers millions of pounds, which consumers ultimately pay.
Speaking to Metro.co.uk, Tesco said: “We welcome the judge’s decision at Central London District Court, but cannot comment further on an ongoing legal matter.”
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