Gang duped law firms out of £390k in fees for false claims

30 Mar 2017
A gang figurehead who persuaded law firms to part with thousands of pounds for fake claims has been jailed.

James Conroy, from Liverpool, fronted a business called Hadgate Claims which purported to be a claims farmer referring RTA cases to lawyers for a fee. In fact the company was referring fraudulent and largely fictitious claims that would never proceed past the initial submission stages.

From July 2011 to August 2014, more than £295,000 was paid into the Hadgate Claims bank account, of which Conroy paid £8,450 to Adrian Gate, listed as the company director.

Conroy, 48, was jailed for four years last week at Liverpool Crown court for 10 counts of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation. Gate, 47 from Wrexham, was last week sentenced to 14 months’ imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, and a three-month curfew for one count of conspiracy to commit fraud.

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