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Case Study: Insurance Fraud, Police Make Arrest

Police in Chileka, Blantyre have arrested three men for forgery, altering false documents and theft which resulted into a successful claim of about K2million from an insurance company in Blantyre.

Chileka Police Station spokesperson Peter Mchiza said Penjani Lungu, 38, John Sumbuleta, 40, and Acten Mashelo, 50 are allegedly connected to an insurance claim theft at Liberty Insurance Company in Blantyre last year in June.

“The company reportedly received a claim for damages and injuries from Mervis Adam who was involved in a car accident and that the claim, which had both police and medical reports, came through Mwangulube and Company, one of the law firms in Blantyre,” Mchiza added.

The questionable claim indicated the victim of an accident, the accident spot, date of the accident, registration number of the car and driver’s name.  

“According to the claim, Adam was involved in a car accident at Lirangwe Bridge on April 17 2019 and that the accident involved a Toyota Corolla Axio registration number MN 9110 which was being driven by Ishmael Yasin,” said Mchiza.

Mchiza added that the insurance company processed the claim and Adam was compensated K1, 974,667 through Mwangulube and Company.

“After a few months, the very same claim, bearing same particulars but with a different name of a victim, was again received by Liberty Insurance Company,” the police publicist added.

The insurance company became suspicious of another claim and was prompted to report the matter to police

Mchiza added that police investigations led to the arrest of the three suspects linked to the allegation who in the course of questioning revealed that no accident of such nature had happened before. 

“The suspects hired a person to pose as a victim in a deal which also involved lawyers and sheriffs,” he said, adding that the police have since seized a desktop computer from the suspects which they were using during the transactions.

Mchiza said police are currently investigating the matter to trace a chain of other suspects who are still at large.

 Meanwhile, the police are reminding insurance companies to do thorough investigations into any claim before releasing money to avoid transacting with people with criminal intentions.

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