The Leading News & Information Service For The Facilities, Workplace & Built Environment Community

Candid Camera - Personal Injury Fraudster Takes a Pratfall

11 December 2015 | Updated 01 January 1970

Anita Quansah-Okoe aged 52 from Shannon Grove, SW9 has been sentenced to 80hrs community service and ordered to pay £500 costs after she was found guilty of fraud by false representation.

On 3 July 2013, Quansah-Okoe was working as a chef at Lambeth College when she claim she 'slipped' over in the canteen. She claimed to have suffered multiple injuries after slipping on a wet floor in her work canteen. She then took three weeks off work and took six sessions of physiotherapy.

Quansah-Okoe’s solicitors sent a personal injury claims letter to the college who then passed it onto their insurers Zurich along with CCTV footage. The letter stated that she slipped and landed on her right side and only realised the floor was wet when she saw that her dress was damp and that there was no ‘wet floor’ signs in place.

Her solicitors alleged that she had sustained soft tissue injuries to her right shoulder, wrist, leg, foot and back and damage to her front teeth.

Upon viewing the CCTV, the Zurich claims handler concluded that the claim was fraudulent. The case was then referred to the City of London Police’s Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department.

In her medical report it states that Quansah-Okoe attended Kings College A&E on the day of her fall and that her examination revealed tenderness over her top right shoulder, around her right ankle and that she had pain whilst walking with no bone damage.

Detective Inspector Oliver Little from the Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department said: “The CCTV clearly shows how deliberate and premeditated Quansah-Okoe was in staging this fall. Insurance fraud is not a victimless crime and fraud is estimated to cost every policy holder an extra £50 on their premiums.

Commenting on the sentencing, Scott Clayton, Claims Fraud & Investigations Manager said: "To say Miss Quansah-Okoe exhibited bare faced cheek in pursuing this claim feels like an understatement. As the CCTV footage plainly demonstrates, she shamelessly fabricated a fall in the vain attempt to claim money she was not entitled to.

"Also, it must not be understated that the CCTV footage was invaluable in bringing this case to justice as was the assistance of Lambeth College."


Picture: The footage shows Anita Quansah-Okoe 'falling' in a Zurich customer's canteen. She subsequently filed a personal injury claim for £8,000 after claiming to have suffered a range of injuries and having to miss 3 weeks of work

Article written by Brian Shillibeer | Published 11 December 2015


Related Articles

Corrupt NHS Official Jailed For Accepting Bribes

A corrupt NHS official who accepted bribes of £80,000 in exchange for awarding lucrative IT contracts has been jailed for three years at Guildford Crown...

 Read Full Article
CCTV Catches Another Crash Crook

A man has been sentenced for a false insurance claim after CCTV proved he wasn’t in his car when it was hit in a carpark. James Young has pleaded guilty at Mold...

 Read Full Article
G4S to Re-pay 23million to Ministry Of Justice with Fraud Case Ongoing

G4S will re-pay £23.3m following revelations that it charged the Ministry of Justice for work that was not carried out. G4S and Serco are still being investigated...

 Read Full Article
Flying Squad Swoops On Inside Men

Two former security guards have been found guilty of a conspiracy to steal £7 million after a three week trial at Kingston Crown Court. Mohammed Naheen Siddique,...

 Read Full Article
FM Fraudsters Go to Jail - CORRECTION

Surrey Police have contacted ThisWeekinFM and asked us to correct inaccuracies - which they accept full responsibility for as they relate, in the main, to the calculation...

 Read Full Article
Phishing, Crashing and Nicking - a Security Digest

The City of London Police’s National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) is urging university staff to take preventative action following more than 100 reports from...

 Read Full Article
Blown Away - Hole in the Wall Gang 'Banged' Up

Friday 3 saw three men sentenced to over 30 years imprisonment at Kingston Crown Court for using ‘explosive gas’ to rob 27 cash machines (ATMs) across London...

 Read Full Article
Neville's Nicking Nulled - Bogus Burglar Banged-up

A man who posed as an office cleaner in order to steal IT equipment worth approximately £17,000 has been jailed for a total of four years. In order to avoid...

 Read Full Article
Cyber - The New Billy the Kids on the Block

Three men are/were due to appear at the Old Bailey, charged with various offences linked to an investigation that was launched in October 2015 by the Met’s Falcon...

 Read Full Article
Convictions - Lack of Basic Care Kills Security Guard

Two security companies have been fined after a security guard died from carbon monoxide poisoning. Javaid Iqbal, a 29 year old father of three, was employed by London...

 Read Full Article