The well-paid company director claimed that his Range Rover had been written off in a collision in which he suffered whiplash injuries. He claimed between £50,000 and £100,000 in damages from the other driver, who said that he had swerved to avoid a deer. The latter's insurers, however, smelt a rat after online research revealed that the two men knew each other before the accident. They were Facebook friends and had, for some years, competed together in cross-country running events.
After the insurers launched proceedings, the High Court found that the director had told a series of elaborate lies. The Range Rover had in fact been damaged some time previously and the pair had conspired to stage the accident. The director was ordered to repay £19,179 that he had received from the insurers prior to his deceit being uncovered. After being found guilty of contempt of court, he also received a nine-month prison sentence, suspended for two years.