Nine men were charged with cheating yesterday over an alleged staged road accident, which saw them claim more than $83,000 in insurance.
The group is said to have conspired to fraudulently tell insurers that a Rentokil van had been involved in a crash with three cars along Sembawang Drive in July 2009, before claiming for injuries and damage to their vehicles.
The day after the accident, the van's driver, Rudyanto Sarmani, 32, reported it to his employer, Rentokil Initial Singapore, which paid out $1,563 to cover repairs to the Toyota van in January 2010. He faces one charge of cheating.
The Straits Times understands that the three cars involved were a Proton Gen 2, a Hyundai Matrix and a Honda Fit.
On Sept 1, 2009, Sallahudin Ehram, 45, submitted a property damage claim to NTUC Income. He allegedly deceived his insurer into disbursing $4,500 to pay for repairs for the Proton.
He faces two further charges of cheating by allegedly deceiving Tokio Marine Insurance Singapore into paying out more than $10,000 in personal injury accident claims for himself and a passenger.
He had made the two claims against the insurer of the commercial van even though there was allegedly no passenger in his car during the accident. He was also allegedly not the driver of the vehicle and did not sustain any injuries.
The driver of the Hyundai Matrix, Ariffin MD Rais, 46, faces one charge of cheating, by allegedly deceiving NTUC Income into disbursing $13,000 for repairs.
Juraimi Raham, 37 - who was allegedly behind the wheel of the Honda Fit - faces two charges of cheating Tokio Marine Insurance Singapore into paying out $40,864 in a settlement for property damage and injury.
Mohammad Eunos Zakaria, 38, and Shahifulah Mohamed Yusof, 40, were each charged with six counts of cheating for their roles in allegedly coordinating the alleged conspiracy.
Kamis Bakar, 53, Azroy Mazli, 25, and Afghani Eusope, 41, each face two charges of cheating for allegedly claiming to be passengers of the vehicles and having sustained injuries. All three allegedly deceived insurers into disbursing between $1,825 and $2,960 in personal injury claims.
The case will be heard again on March 19.