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Manchester, 12th August 2015 – Insurance industry law firm, Horwich Farrelly, on behalf of esure, successfully secures conviction for a Miss England contestant and semi-pro footballer after the High Court sentenced her to two months in prison for making up a personal injury claim. The sentence came after the High Court heard investigators obtained damning photos of her taking part in gruelling fitness tests for the beauty pageant and participating in a skydive whilst she claimed to be suffering from whiplash.

Amy Laban, 25, who has modelled for Gap and played football for both Birmingham City and Nottingham Forest ladies teams, and Laura Hazeldine, 24, made the £3,000 claim against esure following a road traffic accident in April 2012 in the Queensway area of Birmingham. Hazeldine was also sentenced to two months for her role in the scam.

After failing to attend a number of medical appointments to verify Laban’s injuries Horwich Farrelly successfully applied for the High Court to dismiss the claims on behalf of esure. Contempt proceedings were then brought against both claimants, on the basis of lying about the vehicle's occupants at the time of the collision and falsifying the details of their injuries.

In June 2015 both admitted to the deception and pleaded guilty to contempt of court. Laban confessed that a week after the accident she had received numerous harrassing calls from various claims companies and that she had been persuaded to submit a claim by one particularly pushy firm. She said the caller also encouraged her to get Hazeldine involved.

In her statement Laban said she was “young, vulnerable, stupid, but also taken advantage of by a claims company”. Similarly, Hazeldine admitted to “stupidly and naïvely" going along with the suggestion.

Yesterday (11th August 2015), the High Court passed sentence with HHJ Godsmark commenting "The claim was fraudulent right from the start. People think this is a victimless crime, however, it uses the courts resources to facilitate the crime; it uses insurers' resources. Genuine claimants have the eye of suspicion cast on their claims. The courts have stressed repeatedly that those who commit this must receive prison sentences."

Following the sentencing yesterday, David Pitt, Chief Operating Officer of esure, said : “We are delighted to secure this conviction which adds weight to the insurance industry’s fight against fraudulent claims. Convictions such as this are crucial in sending out a message to other would-be fraudsters and should serve as a warning to anyone who still thinks that making an exaggerated insurance claim is acceptable. This is a victory for honest policyholders as we continue to protect them from increased premiums by ensuring fraudsters face justice.”

Ronan McCann, Fraud Partner at Horwich Farrelly, adds: “Ms Laban had everything going for her, as a successful model and sportsperson, and had recently started a career as a PE teacher. Yet, like many people, she was seduced by a claims firm and found herself striding down the runway towards the destruction of her reputation.

“This case, clearly illustrates just how easy it is to get sucked into making false claims. Laban and Hazeldine now face the threat of paying substantial legal bills and the loss of their good name. Sad though this is for the individuals concerned, the sentences show that insurance fraud will not be tolerated by the courts or insurers. Anyone tempted to falsify a claim needs to realise they could face long-term consequences and should think very hard before taking the risk.”

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Amy Laban's modelling profile can be found at http://www.ukmodelagencies.co.uk/amy-laban-i5989.html

For more information, please contact the Horwich Farrelly press office, HSL:
Wendy Harrison and Jen Thorneywork
horwichfarrelly@harrisonsadler.com
020 8977 9132

www.horwichfarrelly.co.uk

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