KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Police should be thorough in their insurance fraud case investigations if the culprits are to be brought to book says the Bar Council.
Council criminal law committee chairman Rajpal Singh said few insurance fraud cases ended up being tried in court because of insufficient evidence.
"There must be a better way to investigate such crime so that there is enough proof to secure a conviction. No case can be brought to court if law enforcement is not there," he told The Star.
Rajpal said this when met at the joint forum between the Selangor bar, Selangor judiciary and the Attorney-General's (AG) Chambers on "The Amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code" here yesterday.
Rajpal was commenting on The Star's frontpage report on the increasing number of insurance fraud cases over the years.
Police records put the amount involved at about RM12mil in the past four years but the industry estimates that losses due to bogus claims run into the hundreds of millions of ringgit yearly.
The A-G's Chambers head of prosecution division Datuk Tun Abd Majid Tun Hamzah also agreed that investigations should be stepped up to ensure that more cases can be taken up in court.
"Making fraudulent insurance claims is viewed as a serious offence because the fraudster is making easy money from others who pay their insurance premium. "In other words, the fraudster is raking in money from public funds," he said.
Tun Abd Majid said that insurance fraud cases were considered cheating offences which carried a deterrent sentence that included imprisonment.