Cabbie gets 2 years for multi-million $$ insurance fraud

1 March 2017

A 35-year-old taxi operator has been sentenced to two years’ imprisonment at hard labour, a month after he was convicted in a multi-million dollar insurance fraud case.

Headley ‘Ian’ Thomas — a resident of Boone Hall, St Andrew — was sentenced this week in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.  

Thomas was convicted January on charges of conspiracy to defraud and attempting to obtain money by false pretense.

He was charged by detectives from MOCA following a pre-dawn operation at his premises, Monday, June 20, 2016.

Reports are that in September 2015, Thomas was involved in a motor vehicle accident along Constant Spring Road in St Andrew.

At the time of the accident, a report was made to the Half- Way Tree Police Station, in which he stated that he was the only person travelling in the vehicle.

Between September 2015 and February 2016, he subsequently attempted to defraud a prominent insurance company of $4,000,000 by claiming that family members were also in the vehicle at the time of the accident.

Investigation by the insurance company revealed that there were no passengers in the vehicle, as such a report was made to MOCA and a formal investigation launched, resulting in him being arrested and charged.