Fraud body appoints new head

The Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department, which is funded by the Association of British Insurers and Lloyd’s, has appointed detective chief inspector Edelle Michaels as head of the City of London Police operation. She replaces outgoing head DCI, Andy Fyfe.

Michaels has over 27 years' experience as a police officer and has worked in the City of London Police’s uniformed policing directorate for the past two and a half years. Prior to that, her background was as a detective working in fraud, the criminal investigation department and also the major crime unit.

Michaels commented: “The unit’s hard work has ensured that those who endangered the public by engaging in insurance fraud have faced serious consequences, and I will be doing my utmost to ensure this continues, as well as scoping for proactive opportunities.

“The Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department has recently agreed three more years of funding and we are looking forward to working with our stakeholders in the insurance industry in meeting the challenges that will present themselves in that time.”

IFED investigates serious, organised and opportunistic insurance fraud, as well as identifying and stemming emerging trends. It has secured over 500 convictions since its inception in 2012.

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