CASH FOR CRASH TRIAL: 56 in court over alleged insurance scam
1:50pm Thursday 10th October 2013 in News
A TOTAL of 56 people have appeared in court this morning charged with allegations of conspiracy in relation to a 'crash for cash' scam.
The defendants are among 86 people charged in relation to the scam which is alleged to have been centred in Blackwood.
In what is believed to be one of the biggest court cases in Wales, all the defendants appeared at Cwmbran Magistrates' Court to answer separate charges which included conspiracy to defraud, conspiring to steal from another and conspiring to receive stolen goods.
It is alleged that some of the defendants charged with conspiracy to defraud conspired with others to defraud insurance companies by making false claims and referrals for accidents, injuries and damage.
It is alleged that during the course of this, vehicles were recovered to a garage known by various names including St David's Accident Repair Centre or Easifix.
The defendants, who are aged between 23 and 71, are from areas including Gwent, Caerphilly and Cardiff.
They appeared in groups of between one and five in the dock to confirm their name, date of birth and address.
One of the defendants appeared by video link.
District Judge Richard Williams bailed the defendants to reappear at Newport Crown Court between November 4 and 6.
The defendant who appeared by video link was remanded in custody.
Solicitors continually filled the courtroom throughout the hearings while the press bench was also full with reporters.
A further 29 defendants are expected to appear at the court this afternoon.
The 86th defendant is due to make their first appearance in magistrates' court on October 16.
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