Ghost broker’ insurance fraudster ordered to do 240 hours community service
May 07 2021 05:25 PM
A man who acted as a “ghost broker”, giving false information to car insurance companies to get cheaper policies, has been ordered to carry out community service.
Vasile Braileanu (43) was today ordered to carry out 240 hours of community service in lieu of a two year prison term for defrauding a number of motor insurance companies of about €13,000.
Braileanu, with an address at Adamstown Avenue, Lucan, Co Dublin, pleaded guilty to 15 fraud-related offences, including dishonestly inducing insurance companies to give policies at a reduced premiums and making, using and possessing false documents such as No Claims Discount and Experienced Driver certificates.
Braileanu committed the ghost broker offences between April 2015 and November 2017, when his house was searched by gardaí who had been tipped off to his operation.
He also admitted to being the customer of a ghost broker in September 2013, when he got a cheaper premium and then became interested in doing it himself, the court heard.
Garda George Thurlow told John Byrne BL, prosecuting, that when interviewed, Braileanu admitted to brokering 30 policies for friends and acquaintances using fake documents.
However, investigating gardaí only found evidence of 10 policies that had been brokered.
Braileanu said he received about €400-€600 in payment for brokering each policy. ×
In one example, he got a motor insurance premium from Allianz Insurance down from €1292 to €692 by submitting false documents, the court heard.
Gardaí searching his home found a “ghost brokering kit” and templates for documents such as “No Claims Discount” and “Experienced Driver” certificates.