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Footballer jailed over car insurance scam

Article by Simon Christopher
Posted: 1/4/2011 - Last updated: -
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An amateur footballer has been jailed for a year after attempting to scam an insurer out of more than a million pounds.

James Shikell was involved in a car accident in 2002 and later received a £30,000 payout from the Motor Insurers' Bureau's compensation scheme that covers cases such as this, where the at-fault driver is uninsured.

However, Shikell claimed that his injuries were so severe that he required £1.35 million to cover loss of earnings, care costs and even accommodation.

Unfortunately for Shikell, an investigator hired by the MIB filmed him playing "vigorously and competitively" during a football game. It later emerged that not only had he played every game during the season, but that he was the team captain.

Shikell's father has also received a one-year sentence for his part in supporting the fraudulent claim, while a footballing teammate was fined for making a false statement.

The chief executive of the MIB, Ashton West, said "This custodial sentence will be a deterrent to those who seek to defraud MIB and therefore every insured driver in Britain."

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