False insurance claim after Ridgewood crash lands man fine

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A MAN was fined and had a criminal conviction recorded against him for making a false injury insurance claim after a car crash in Ridgewood.

The offender faced Joondalup Magistrates Court on June 14, pleading guilty to one count of making a statement he knew was false or misleading and one count of giving information that he knew was false or misleading.

The false claim related to a crash on Ashbourne Avenue in 2015 when a car was struck from behind.

The man reported neck, shoulder and knee injuries from the incident.

An Insurance Commission spokesman explained the commission investigated the man after becoming suspicious of an economic loss claim he made.

“Payslips and claim forms submitted by the claimant to support an economic loss claim were found to be false,” he said.

“Subsequent inquiries with employers confirmed the discrepancies.”

Magistrate Deen Potter said the crime was not appropriate for a spent conviction because it undermined an important taxpayer-funded scheme.

The man was fined $1500 and ordered to pay $742 costs.

Insurance Commission chief executive Rick Howe said people making false statements or exaggerating their injuries made motor injury insurance premiums “higher for everyone”.

“The Insurance Commission uses data analytic tools and takes a serious approach to fraudulent activities,” he said.

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