Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption The five were sentenced at Newport Crown Court

Five people snared in the UK’s biggest gondola policy hoax investigation have been sentenced at Newport Crown Court.

Bethan Palmer, 26, of Newport, Stephen Pegram, 49, of Blackwood, Nicola Cook, 41, of Hengoed, Nicola Rees, 48, of Bargoed, Caerphilly County, and Stephen Brooks, of Cardiff, were imprisonedlast month.

They were involved in affirms worth 144,000 between 2009 and 2011.

The total number of convictions in relation to the swindle has now smacked 81.

Judge Daniel Williams said each demand implied “dishonesty preserved over a long time”, including the costs for machine insurance companies of this type of impostor is “immense”.

He told the defendants: “The preparedness of beings like you to clear inaccurate claims has spawned an industry of accident handling companies and squads of lawyers and doctors and others who are capitalising, knowingly or unknowingly, with fraud by unquestioningly treating inaccurate claims.”

Palmer had a 10 -month sentence, suspended for two years, after she used found guilty of conspiracy to defraud and perverting the course of justice.

However, she she made no demand herself and received no money.

Pegram was jailed for six months, after he was is guilty of plot to defraud at Cardiff Crown Court over a 4,200 fee he received when his automobile was written-off.

In total, he was involved in 19,000 of claims.

Image copyright Gwent Police Image caption Some of the 57 autoes crashed for cash in the wider programme

Mother-of-two Cook was handed 12 months, following her conviction on the plot offence; this related to a 5,500 harm claim she made.

Rees, a nanny, had a nine month sentence suspended for two years after she was found guilty of plot to victimize in relation to 22,000 of claims.

Brooks, of Llanedeyrn – who was also convicted of the plot charge with claims worth 19,500 – was handed a six month convict that was suspended for two years.

The wider case, uncovered by Gwent Police’s Operation Dino, involved 28 separate land claims and 57 cars, expensing the insurance manufacture more than 760,000.


It controlled out of a garage are stationed in Pengam, Blackwood, which was known as both St David’s Crash Repair and Easifix and owned by the Yandell family.

Gwent Police has said they were the conceives, providing the insurance fraud work for scores of friends and relatives.

Byron Yandell, 32, his father Peter Yandell, 53 and wife Rachel Yandell, 31, together with Gavin Yandell, 31, and Michelle Yandell, 52, were all to imprisonment for between six and two years.

The Great Car Crash Con, BBC One Wales’ Week In Week Out, is available on BBC iPlayer


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