Bollywood actor, Nasir Ghaffar, staged a crash-for-cash scam in which his girlfriend lied about being pregnant and had to be cut free by firefighters.
Nasir and his girlfriend Shabina Kassim admitted trying to swindle £15,554 from insurers. An innocent motorist told how a Vauxhall Vectra suddenly changed lanes in front of him at traffic lights and slammed on its brakes, causing him to crash into the back. Vectra being driven by a third man, who ran off and was never identified.
Kassim was seen by a witness moving into the driver’s seat and later told police she was pregnant.
Paramedics were called over fears she had fractured her spine and firefighters had to cut the Vectra’s roof off to get her out. Ghaffar said he was forced to take part after he lost £5,000 on a failed visa application.
“He’s done a runner, and he’s left the country and given us criminal records,” said Shabina.
Ghaffar and Kassim tried to make personal injury claims, repair and legal costs but were convicted of fraud at Inner London crown court after an investigation by City of London Police and insurers LV.
They were both sentenced to 15 months in prison, suspended for 18 months and ordered to pay £100 each in court costs. Ghaffar was also ordered to do 160 hours of unpaid work.