Police find car mate 'stole' for insurance

A MAN who defrauded the NRMA of more than $11,000 in insurance money by getting a friend to "steal" the car, has appeared in court.

Ashley Ross Cook, 24, pleaded guilty to fraud at the Ipswich Magistrates Court yesterday.

The court heard Cook was the owner of a 1999 Lexus which he asked a friend to take, for $200, so he could tell his insurance company, NRMA, the car had been stolen.

Cook's friend Daniel Thomas George appeared in court last week where he pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a motor vehicle, after police went to his home on unrelated matters.

They noticed the Lexus at his Patrick Estate property and ran checks which found it had been reported stolen by Cook.

George told the police Cook had asked him to take the car off his hands so he could do an "insurance job".

Cook then made the claim to NRMA for which he received more than $10,000 for the allegedly stolen vehicle and more than $1000 for a hire car.

While speaking to the police, Cook admitted the fraud and that he had engaged the help of his friend to do the job.

He told police the car needed a deal of repair work which he couldn't afford.

He thought getting the insurance payout for the car was his only way of getting enough money to buy a new car.

The court heard that Cook had a history of minor dishonesty offences.

The matter was adjourned in order for NRMA to be consulted about the amount of restitutions sought.

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