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Surrey cyclist jailed after lorry crash fraud

Injured by truck, warehouse worker tried to claim £3 million in bogus damages

A man from Camberley in Surrey who was hit by a lorry while riding his bike has been jailed for fraud after claiming more than £3 million in damages.

Get Hampshire’s James Chapple reports that Majid Khan, 36 was aided by wife Humaira, 29, and father-in-law Atlaf Kiani, 61 in telling his insurers that he had brain injuries so severe he couldn’t feed himself, work or recognise his own mother.

But private investigators videoed Khan leading a normal life. On Wednesday, Judge Andrew Collender QC upheld an application by Lloyds of London insurers to jail Khan for nine months for civil contempt after admitting lying about his condition.

Kiani was also jailed for nine months, while Mrs Khan’s seven-month sentence was suspended for two years.

A warehouse worker at Penta Foods in Farnborough, Khan sustained severe brain injuries when he was hit by an articulated lory while riding to work in August 2008.

Returning from Pakistan in early 2010, Khan convinced a doctor he had reduced brain function and mobility following the accident and refused to settle his compensation claim for £75,000.

Judge Collender said: “Aided and abetted by Mr Kiani and your wife, you embarked upon a deliberate fraud, seriously exaggerating the effect of your injuries to obtain a greater sum of damages to that which you would have been legitimately entitled.”

Khan claimed he needed 24-hour care, an extension to his house to accommodate his disability, holidays, travel and language therapy costs and launched a damages claim to cover a total of over £3 million. 

“You made a good recovery and the damages to which you were entitled were relatively modest,” Judge Collender told Khan. “However, both you and Mr Kiani tried to take advantage of the situation for financial gain.”

Kiani and Mrs Khan swore witness statements supporting the claim, asserting Khan could not communicate, have social life or “recognise his mother”.

“They were a pack of lies,” said the judge. “This was a planned, relatively sophisticated fraud carried out over three months. I have no doubt, if not for surveillance, you would have persisted with this deception.

“The law makes it clear, because of the damage done by false claims, those who make them can expect to go to prison if their conduct is discovered. No other punishment will do.”

John has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.

He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.

Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for Along with founder Tony Farrelly, John was on the launch team for and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.

John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.

He joined in 2013. He lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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