Dodgy Solicitor: Associate ran secret insurance fraud empire from work
13 April 2018
A lawyer jailed for insurance fraud has rear-ended his way into the Dodgy Solicitors Top Trumps pack.
Nadir Suleman gave an excellent reason for not appearing before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal: "I have limited access to emails and telephone calls, as I am in prison".
The 31 year old was sentenced to five years and eight months last year for his role in a large-scale insurance scam which he carried out while practising as a solicitor at Farleys Solicitors in Blackburn. Suleman's criminal enterprise came to light in 2012 when he made a claim on behalf of his wife after her Mini Cooper fell off a ramp when it was being repaired. The car was written off and Suleman submitted a claim to the insurers via Farleys, bypassing his firm's procedures. Suleman also claimed for solicitors’ fees and the hire of a replacement car. But the insurer discovered that the hire vehicle was in fact being advertised for sale at a car dealership in Kent, which had no idea about Suleman.
In 2014 police arrested Suleman and searched his house, where they found evidence that he was the mastermind behind numerous fraudulent car and medical insurance claims and responsible for a total loss of £402,191 and potentially a further £107,500. The discovery led to the prosecution of four lawyers and their accomplices, including Nadim Iqbal, a 28-year-old paralegal at Dylan Nair Solicitors, Wasim Iqbal, a 27-year-old trainee at Eastway Solicitors, and Aadiel Salya, a 29-year-old solicitor who ran a fraudulent hire care company called 'ReplaceMyCar'.
Suleman pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to defraud at Liverpool Crown Court, where the judge spoke of the damage a Farleys partner said Suleman had done to their firm's reputation. Over 1,000 partner hours were expended reviewing clients’ files, he said, while the increase in its professional indemnity insurance was "quite frankly staggering
“Behind the veneer of respectability, professionalism and upstanding within your respective communities
", said the judge sentencing Suleman and and Salya, "you were conning people. You were conning those with whom you worked, you were conning insurance companies and you were conning policy holders. You were doing so to line your own pockets, to
drive a Porsche or whatever, and to seek to live the good life
Suleman admitted breaching the SRA principles to uphold the rule of law, to act with integrity, and to behave in a way that maintains the trust the public. He and Salya were both struck off, but because Salya pleaded innocence and claimed that evidence exonerating him had been suppressed, he will not even be honoured with an orange card.