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Just about everybody doing the business? Explaining ‘cash-for-crash’ insurance fraud in the United Kingdom

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There is much international research on the different types of fraud committed by individuals and/or organised crime. There is, however, limited research on insurance fraud and a particular species of such fraud which has become known as ‘cash-for-crash’ fraud in the United Kingdom (UK). In addition there are very few published studies of fraudsters which actually draw upon interviews with them. This paper bridges both of these gaps providing a focus upon ‘cash-for-crash’ fraudsters which is based upon empirical research drawn from six interviews with such offenders and a database of over 400 offenders built upon successful prosecutions of such cases in the UK. This paper offers a profile of such offenders and presents insights into why and how some people might become involved in ‘cash-for-crash’ type frauds.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)176-194
Number of pages18
JournalThe Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology
Issue number2
Early online date21 Mar 2016
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2017


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    Rights statement: Mark Button, Graham Brooks, Chris Lewis, Azeem Aleem, 'Just about everybody doing the business? Explaining ‘cash-for-crash’ insurance fraud in the United Kingdom', Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 50(2), pp. 176-194. Copyright © 2016 The Author(s). Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.

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