Police officer lied about his age to save £ 300 on car insurance, misconduct panel says

A Leicestershire police officer lied about his date of birth in order to get cheaper car insurance – saving around £ 300 or more.

Gul Zada ​​was a special agent, an unpaid volunteer, of the Leicestershire Police when he misled the insurance company in March of last year.

When his scam was discovered, he told police that someone had filled out the application form on his behalf.

However, he appeared in Leicester Magistrates’ Court in April this year to plead guilty to committing fraud by misrepresenting.

After the court proceedings were completed, the force was able to proceed to a misconduct hearing, which took place on Friday, May 28.

Zada resigned “shortly before” the hearing and did not attend.

Chaired by Police Chief Simon Cole, the hearing concluded that Zada, 28, of Narborough Road South, Braunstone Town, was guilty of serious misconduct and would have been immediately dismissed if he was still an officer on duty.

In his decision, which was forcibly released, Mr Cole said: “Mr Zada ​​tendered his resignation shortly before the hearing and chose not to attend. So I decided to continue in his absence.

“This is a serious matter which has resulted in a guilty plea of ​​fraud by misrepresentation in a competent court.

“Mr. Zada ​​dishonestly provided false information when applying for auto insurance with [name redacted], thus gaining by obtaining cheaper auto insurance.

“It’s a case he’s guilty of, although in an interview he explained that someone else filled out the application for him.

“[Name redacted] were deprived of more than £ 300 by his actions.

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“No reference was provided by Mr. Zada.

“He violated professional standards of honesty and integrity and dishonorable conduct.

“An aggravating factor is that his conviction is for fraud, which is an offense of dishonesty.

“Such a conviction should be disclosed with every contact within the criminal justice system and could call into question any evidence he obtains in his former role as special constable.

“Since this is a serious criminal offense, which amounts to serious misconduct, the appropriate result is dismissal with immediate effect if he was still a serving officer.”

Members of the Special Constabulary have the same powers and responsibilities as regular officers, but are not paid for their service.

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