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Ex-LV employee charged with bribery after leaking data to claims firm

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Ex-LV employee charged with bribery after leaking data to claims firm
A former employee of LV has been charged with bribery after it was discovered he leaked confidential advice to a claims management firm.

Stephen Karl Oates, 26, from Bournemouth, was charged with receiving a bribe from Aisha Elliot, 23 from Yeovil, who was working for a claims management at the time and was also charged.

After a summons for both to Bournemouth Magistrates Court on 16 September, the pair have been bailed to appear at Bournemouth Crown Court on 20 October.

This is the first time the City of London Police’s Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department (IFED) has charged suspects with offences under the Bribery Act.

Detective chief inspector Oliver Little from the Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department said: “Fraud within the insurance industry is taken extremely seriously – whether it’s members of the public looking to submit false claims for a profit, or indeed members of staff that think it is acceptable to sell on customer data.

“We have worked closely with LV to progress the case and we’ve issued warnings to the wider industry about unscrupulous fraudsters who will target insurance staff to try and get customer data and information from them.

“The consequences for those who involve themselves in this sort of activity are extremely serious and we will continue to work with insurers to target the very small minority that do this.”

Martin Milliner, LV’s claims director added: “Data protection is of paramount importance to us and we have rigorous internal systems in place to detect fraudulent activity. As a result, we were able to conduct a swift and thorough internal investigation which resulted in our employee’s case being passed to IFED.

“Bribery and fraud are serious crimes and we will always seek to bring offenders to account whether they are an unscrupulous claims management company or a rogue employee.”

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