11 confess ‘crash for cash’ insurance scam

ELEVEN people have admitted being involved in a “crash for cash” insurance scam.

The group all admitted conspiring to defraud Allianz Insurance by making claims for fictitious traffic accidents during 2005.

They were among 33 people arrested following a complex three-year fraud investigation by Merseyside Police’s crime operations unit.

The 22 other people charged also appeared at Liverpool crown court and denied conspiracy to defraud. The court heard they maintain the accidents were genuine and any insurance claims had been entirely legitimate.

A trial, expected to last up to six weeks, is due to be heard on October 5. Those who have pleaded guilty will be sentenced following the conclusion of the trial.

They are Anthony Neville, 29, of Ashdale Road, Waterloo; Emma Grimes, 23, of Gray Street, Bootle; Kelly Roberts, 24, of Bark Road, Litherland; Alexander Pellow, 32, of Morningside, Great Crosby; Gary Lee, 29, of Ferndale Road, Wavertree; Nina Larke, 37, of New Red Rock View, Anfield; Gerard Jones, 38, of Bark Road, Litherland; Anne Unsworth, 55, and Lesley Unsworth, 53, both of Warnerville Road, Broadgreen; Mary Bradley, 45, and Alan Bradley, 41, both of Marlborough Road, Tuebrook.

Those who will stand trial later this year are: Richard Whittaker, 28, of St Domingo Grove, Everton; Brenda Whittaker, 55, of Lauriston Road, Walton; Gary Toohey, 48, of Underley Street, Wavertree; Angela Thompson, 32, of Daneville Road, Walton; Kelly Navis, 28, of Marlborough Road, Tuebrook; Nicola Morris, 24, of Stratchona Road, Wavertree; Lee Morris, 29, of Stratchona Road, Wavertree; Denise Morris, 49, of Stratchona Road, Wavertree; Kim Mills, 39, of Parliament Close, Toxteth; Luke Mills, 20, of Parliament Close, Toxteth; Matthew McElhinney, 25, of Cowper Way, Huyton; Gerrard McElhinney, 23, of Cowper Way, Huyton; Brian McElhinney, 27, of Cowper Way, Huyton; Richard Kenwright, 36, of Victoria Road, Tuebrook; Laura Kenwright, 25, of Beames Close, Wavertree; Neil Hailoo, 29, of Walsingham Road, Childwall; ; Ian Edge, 41, of Railway Street, Manningtree, Essex; Darren Duvall, 38, of Celandine Close, Childwall; Paula Dowding, 38, of Victoria Road, Tuebrook; Paul Dowding, 38, of Victoria Road, Tuebrook; and Lisa Amundsen, 29, of Warnerville Road, Broadgreen and Matt Notton, 29, of Monmouth Crescent, Ashton-in-Makerfield.