The Unexpected Benefits Of New Technology

A mother tried to defraud a Bolton van hire firm by reporting a crash — but was rumbled when the company used hi-tech tracking software to prove she had made it up.


Suzanne Leach claimed her Peugeot 307 had been in a collision with the Mercedes Sprinter van on November 23 last year at about 7.30pm.

But U-Drive’s tracking devices showed that the van was not on the A6 in Bolton — where Leach claimed the crash had taken place — but making a journey from Pegamoid Street in Tonge Moor to Bertha Street in Halliwell.

Of course, the Pussy Pass immediately swung into effect:

Leach’s claim was for £485 for damage to her car, and she made personal injury claims for herself and three passengers, which amounted to £28,000, according to Mr Lever.

She was given a six-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and was also ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work at Ormskirk Magistrates’ Court.

And the three passengers? What about them?

Mr Lever said: “We are not putting up with this.

“The sentence is a bit lower than we would have liked but this will stay with her for a long time.

“I have helped the insurance company and police through this the whole way — I am just glad it is all over now.

“It is a great result for all van hire firms as it shows people will not get away with these sort of claims.”

Well, they will go unpunished, thanks to our supine legal system!

But at least they’ll get a criminal record, for what that’s worth.

4 comments for “The Unexpected Benefits Of New Technology

  1. Ed P
    August 28, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    Why a suspended sentence? This sort of fraudulent behaviour should carry a mandatory custodial sentence.

    • Lord T
      August 29, 2015 at 8:29 pm

      Only is she was to defraud the government. TV licence, jail time. DWP fraud Jail time. A small business, free work for the local magistrates.

      The moral of the story is ‘Don’t steal’, well from the government anyway.

      • Mudplugger
        August 29, 2015 at 9:56 pm

        Unless, of course, you’re a Nigerian woman who comes to Britain solely to give birth to her quintuplets, then fails to pay the £150k bill to the NHS – whether it’s fraud, theft or forgetfulness, she’s got away home without penalty.
        And the allegedly ‘cash-strapped’ NHS doesn’t seem too bothered about it, too much paperwork obviously, it’s only tax-payers’ money, plenty more where that came from, let’s not worry about it and get back to failing to deliver adequate treatment to the over-taxed Brits who pay for it…..

    • August 30, 2015 at 5:52 am

      It should, but I’m afraid I can’t help but wonder if this is the PussyPass in action…

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