Bizarre CCTV footage exposes ‘slip and trip’ conman’s attempt to claim damages
This is the moment a ‘slip and trip’ conman pretended to fall over in a shop as part of an attempt to claim damages from insurers.
Asad Khan, 44, visited shops in North Yorkshire accompanied by his young son to try and trick them into paying out money for his fake injuries.
After he slipped he went straight to a member of staff to complain about his fall.
In one incident at a discount store, CCTV captured Khan initially walking past a spillage but looking back and noticing it.
He continued walking but made his way back towards the spill up another aisle, before attempting his fall.
A member of staff who dealt with Khan at a pet shop said in her statement he had broken English and said to her, "I slip, accident, book", and proceeded to write "I slip now" in their log book.
When Khan was interviewed about each incident, he refused to answer several questions and didn’t clarify the extent of his injuries or whether he attended hospital.
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After injury experts examined the video, Khan's falls were deemed “ridiculous”.
Detective Constable Adam Maskell, who led the investigation for the City of London Police’s Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department (IFED), said: “While the CCTV exposed Khan and showed how ridiculous his injury claims were, the severity of these types of ‘slip and trip’ claims shouldn’t be understated.
“As this case shows, irrespective of how insurance fraud is committed and on what scale, it will not be tolerated by IFED and the insurance industry, and perpetrators will be punished.”
Police began investigating Khan after receiving referrals from Allianz Insurance and Covea Insurance.
In June 2016, Khan submitted a claim to Allianz, stating that he’d been shopping at a discount store and slipped on a spillage in one of the aisles, resulting in injuries to his back, leg and hand.
A year later, in July 2017, Khan submitted a claim to Covea and told them he’d slipped on some water in a pet shop.
However, in both incidents, CCTV showed Khan fell in a deliberate and controlled manner, and walked out displaying no signs of any injuries
James Burge, fraud manager at Allianz Insurance, said: “It’s sad that people will still go to great efforts for their own financial gain, potentially damaging a business’ reputation in their bid to get compensation.”
Khan was sentenced at Bradford Crown Court on January 31, after pleading guilty to one count of fraud by false representation.
He was handed a 10 month prison sentence suspended for 18 months, ordered to pay £940 in costs and received 60 hours unpaid work.