Golfer caught playing in tournaments after injury claim

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A professional golfer conned his insurer out of £8,000 by falsely claiming that a knee injury left him unable to work before later being caught on camera playing in tournaments.

Laurie Turner hurt his knee in November 2009 and told Unum Insurance that the injury meant he was unable to earn a living.

The 52-year-old, of Greenacre Park Mews in Rawdon, Leeds, was caught out when the insurer caught him on camera giving lessons on the driving range and working at American Golf in Ilkley, as well as playing in tournaments.

Unum Insurance sent the film to the City of London Police Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department (IFED) in June 2013.

Detectives arrested Turner at American Golf in July 2013, and later charged him with fraud by false representation. Turner was yesterday ordered to carry out 140 hours unpaid work and repay £8,396.61p to Unum Insurance after admitting the fraud at Leeds Magistrates’ Court.

Detective Constable Tom Hill, who led IFED’s investigation, said: “Turner thought that no one would bother to find out if he was really telling the truth.

“This was a serious mistake that turned him into a criminal and his actions have cost him.There is still a public perception that making false claims to insurance companies is somehow acceptable.

“IFED securing convictions is evidence of our continued commitment to working with the industry to change this culture in England and Wales.”

The Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department, or IFED, is a specialist police unit dedicated to tackling insurance fraud across England and Wales.

In January, two men were jailed for orchestrating a series of “crash-for-cash scams”, including one involving a bus with up to 40 passengers on board.

Mohammed Gulzar and Shoaib Nawaz, from Sheffield, attempted to net £500,000 from a series of fraudulent insurance claims via their firm City Claims 4 U.

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