‘You’ve brought discredit to the force’: Greater Manchester police officer jailed over insurance claims scam

By Danielle Wainwright

A scamming Greater Manchester police officer who abused his position of power to build up a catalogue of fake insurance and mortgage claims was jailed on Friday.

Inspector Mohammed Raziq, 53, of Bolton, illegally profited £13,000 for claims from four houses across Manchester which he owns.

Razaq was found guilty of six counts of fraud and three counts of converting criminal property at Minshull Street Crown Court and was given an 18-month prison sentence.

Assistant Chief Constable Dawn Copley said: “There is no doubt that the actions of Inspector Razaq have brought discredit to Greater Manchester Police and reflect badly on our officers and police staff who are honest and work tirelessly for the people of Greater Manchester.

“GMP expects the very highest standards of all its officers and staff. They should be honest and act with integrity and should not compromise or abuse their position.

“Officers should be open and truthful in their dealings when in and out of work.”

Razaq used his two houses in Great Lever, a house in Daubhill and a multi-occupancy dwelling in Salford to make the claims between May 9 2008 and March 14 2011.

He profited £13,000 from two of the claims, made a rejected claim for £20,000 and withheld claims information to secure more favourable terms on his property insurance.

He also fraudulently obtained a £12,000 loan against a Great Lever property, which although he was letting, he falsely described as his residence and claimed a Daubhill property was to be his family home even though he had arranged to rent out the property.

Assistant Chief Constable said: “Inspector Razaq did not declare his out of work business interest and clearly his behaviour was completely unacceptable.

“As soon as this conduct came to light, the Professional Standards Branch carried out a thorough investigation and as a result he has been convicted of fraud and money laundering offences.”

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