Insurance fraudsters ‘should be sent to prison’

State insurer says courts must throw out exaggerated claim and jail fraudsters

Insurance fraudsters in Ireland are “walking free from courts effectively with the message to spin the wheel again”.

Insurance fraudsters in Ireland are “walking free from courts effectively with the message to spin the wheel again”.

Irish society’s growing acceptance and normalisation of insurance fraud is encouraging false and exaggerated claims and providing “an income supplement to the morally challenged”, according to the head of claims at the State’s largest public sector insurer.

Michael Whelehan, head of claims at the IPB Insurance, which covers public bodies, councils and the HSE, told a conference organised by Insurance Ireland yesterday that courts must not only throw out fabricated and inflated claims, but impose costs and prison sentences on fraudsters.

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