Denbigh Woman sentenced for insurance fraud after high speed car crash

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Staff reporter (Denbighshire Free)

A businesswoman who lied to police and an insurance company that her BMW car had been stolen was told by a judge it was "quite breathtaking dishonesty."

Kerry Lewis, 28, of Mytton Park, Denbigh, received a ten months suspended jail term and must do 150 hours unpaid work and pay £5,784 compensation.

She admitted perverting justice and fraud last December.

Caernarfon crown court heard how in the early hours police at Denbigh saw the car, with a personalised number plate, travelling at high speed. It crashed and was abandoned.

Officers were worried about Lewis and went to her home but no-one had been there.

Prosecuting barrister Michael Whitty said :"Later in the morning the defendant phoned the police to report the car as having been stolen. She claimed initially to have been at home all night."

Mr Whitty said Lewis had been at a pub, arriving in her car and leaving in a minibus.

However, two days later she told her car insurer that the car had been stolen from her house overnight. The car was written off and payment made before police alerted the insurer to the possibility that it was a bogus claim.

Sarah Badrawy, defending, said Lewis was willing to comply with any order of the court and could pay compensation at £500 a month.

Judge Niclas Parry told Lewis :"This was quite breathtaking dishonesty which you carried on and on in the face of overwhelming evidence from an early stage that you were lying through your teeth.

"You wasted police time and then obtained nearly £6,000 from your insurance company, perpetuating the lie knowing the police had found you out."

The judge said she was hard-working,running her own business, which made the offending "even more staggering."

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