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Car insurance fraudsters in court

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A group of fraudsters are due to be sentenced in court after they staged low-speed collisions in order to claim car insurance.

The gang arranged for the road traffic accidents to take place throughout Lancashire, Manchester and Cheshire, between 2005 and 2006.

The collisions involved one vehicle braking unexpectedly, often at roundabouts, resulting in another running into the back of it.

After the 'accidents', insurance claims would be submitted by the drivers in the braking vehicle.

However, in some cases the people making the claim were not even present at the accident scene.

Those being sentenced come from across Greater Manchester and Lancashire. They are: Mohammed Arif, Mohammed Asghar, Mohammed Asif, Peter Mondol, Irfan Zeria, Mohammed Patel, Shahid Latif, Abdul Ghafoor, Ettorina Hay, Farid Rabbani, Abdul Latif, Asif Akhtar, Khalid Akhtar, Naheed Akhtar, Qasar Akhtar, Iqbal Khan, Ershad Khan, Abdul Haque, Sazadul Haque, Parves Miah, Sayem Ahmed and Mohammed Rahman.

Sentencing, which could take up to three days, is at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court.

© Press Association 2009