Gardaí make arrests in crackdown on fraudulent insurance claims arising from staged road traffic collisions

Longford Leader Reporter


Longford Leader Reporter


As part of an ongoing investigation by the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB), into the involvement of non-Irish nationals in suspected fraudulent insurance claims, arising from suspected staged road traffic collisions, a number of addresses were searched in Co Roscommon as part of Operation Vantage on February 26 & 27.

A number of business and domestic premises were searched over the course of the two-day period.

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Two individuals were arrested on February 26 for breach of work permits and immigration related offences.

One of these individuals has since been removed from the jurisdiction with the second due before the Criminal Courts charged with immigration related offences.

A number of these businesses were also found to have breached employment legislation and are subject to Work Place Relations investigations and prosecutions.

GNIB, assisted by Social Welfare Inspectors, also identified two business premises which were in breach of Social Protection protocols.

Enquiries were also carried out at a number of residences in relation to European Union Treaty Rights applications.

Seven of these applications are believed to be non-genuine cases and will now be subject to further investigation, and reported to Immigration Service Delivery.

Prior to the commencement of Operation Vantage nine EU nationals were identified as being involved in staged Road Traffic Collisions and false insurance claims.

Based on criminal history and convictions, applications for EU Removal Orders were submitted for seven of these individuals.

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