Sunderland insurance fraudster lied about criminal past

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A FRAUDSTER got cheaper car insurance by lying about his criminal past.

Michael Strong, from South Hylton, Sunderland, failed to tell an insurance company that some of his 13 previous convictions were for driving offences.

Sunderland Magistrates’ Court heard that the 27-year-old lied on his insurance premium, then tried to claim it was a mistake.

Lee Poppett, prosecuting, said that Strong had made the application for car insurance on May 21.

Strong, of High Elms, pleaded guilty to fraud.

Joanne Gatens, defending, said Strong, who has already served a 12-month jail term for fraud in 2012, thought his convictions dated back to 2008.

She said: “He accepts that it was his responsibility to check the information was correct.”

Magistrates fined him £70 and ordered him to pay £85 and a £20 victim surcharge.