Manchester’s Beetham Tower scam
The Hilton’s landmark building in Manchester has been exposed as the scene of an accident management firm dealing in fraudulent and phantom claims.
One of the flat’s in Manchester’s towerblock was being used by accident management firm North West Claims Ltd as their base, from which they sourced victims of road traffic accidents in order to refer their claims to firms of solicitors for an inflated fee of around £600.00.
In some cases the victims were phantom claimants, and North West Claims Ltd would employ persons to deceive solicitors’ firms into paying the referral fee. North West Claims Ltd would then cut off all contact with the solicitors firm.
In April 2009, a raid on the flat in Beetham Tower revealed a large amount of fake passports, and around 190 claims forms for claims which had been, or would have been, referred for £600.00 each.
The prosecution team confirmed that the accident management firm had led an intelligent and sophisticated business which would have stood up to analysis by potential defendant insurers, and this led them to believe that the firm had a “working knowledge of the industry”.
Three men have admitted Conspiracy to defraud at Manchester Crown Court, and three more deny the same allegation. The case continues at present.