It’s high time insurance fraud became a crime of consequence

It’s high time insurance fraud became a crime of consequence

Even in cases where a presiding judge references the fraudulent nature of the claim, it rarely leads to a criminal conviction

The cabinet’s recent decision, first to adopt the Perjury and Related Offences Bill and put it on a statutory footing and, secondly, to broaden its scope to include maximum penalties of ten years’ imprisonment and a €100,000 fine is very much welcomed. It demonstrates a collective will to drive the necessary reform of our legal framework that will ensure insurance fraud finally becomes a crime of consequence.

Tackling insurance fraud and pursuing false claims requires...

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