Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (459, 460)

Carol Nolan

Question:

459. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of fraudulent motor insurance claims made in counties Laois and Offaly in 2017 and 2018. [18717/19]

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Carol Nolan

Question:

460. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of fraudulent insurance claims made against businesses in counties Laois and Offaly in 2017 and 2018. [18718/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 459 and 460 together.

The Deputy will appreciate that crime incidents are not recorded by the Department, as this is a matter for An Garda Síochána.

However, to be of assistance I have been in contact with the Garda Authorities to ascertain whether such statistics are available. I will contact the Deputy directly on receipt of a response.

The following deferred reply was received under Standing Order 42A
I refer to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 459 and 460 of 8 May 2019, in which the Deputy asked for information pertaining to the number of fraudulent insurance claims and motor insurance claims made in counties Laois and Offaly in 2017 and 2018.
Prior to the creation of a new statistical category on PULSE (1 October 2018), insurance fraud incidents were recorded under the general PULSE category ‘Deception’, and therefore these incidents are almost impossible to isolate for statistical purposes.
However, the most recent figures available to the Department show that, since the creation of the new category, 50 incidents of insurance fraud were recorded on PULSE up to end of May 2019. Of this figure, 50% relate to staged collisions while 18% relate to forged documentation concerning no claims bonuses.
Unfortunately, this data from An Garda Síochána is not available on a county-by-county basis. Please note this data is correct as at 6 June 2019, however, is operational and, therefore, subject to change.