On 19th June, the Law Society Gazette reported that the Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB) has announced the conclusion of the latest series of trials in which 77 fraudsters either pleaded or were found guilty in “cash for crash” insurance fraud cases. Investigations had begun by Gwent Police into a garage in Cardiff called EASIFIX, with enquiries lasting 4½ years before the IFB was called in. The bureau was able to link the damaged vehicles, as well as vehicle parts found at the garage, with a number of deceptive insurance claims. In all, 82 incidents linked to 230 claimants were identified, resulting in the eventual arrest and charging of dozens of people. Most were prosecuted for a range of offences, including conspiracy to defraud and fraud by misrepresentation.