City of London Police’s IFED selects new leader to head fight against insurance fraudsters

DCI Andrew Fyfe

DCI Andrew Fyfe

Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Andrew Fyfe has been appointed as the new head of the City of London’s Police’s dedicated Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department (IFED). DCI Fyfe brings with him 26 years of experience as a police officer, most recently within the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau, and has been a specialist in economic crime matters for the majority of his career.

DCI Fyfe takes over the role of leading the IFED team from DCI Oliver Little, who has become head of the Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit (a special police unit made up of police officers from both the City of London Police and the Metropolitan Police Service).

DCI Little has worked in the IFED since 2014 and became head of the unit back in 2016, leading the team to achieve over 100 arrests, more than 150 convictions and upwards of 300 judicial outcomes.

Since its inception in 2012, the IFED has now secured over 350 convictions. This year alone it has helped to convict a number of criminals, including a doctor who submitted false medical claims and a group of solicitors involved in orchestrating an insurance fraud scam.

The IFED is wholly dedicated to investigating serious, organised and opportunistic insurance fraud, as well as identifying and stemming emerging trends. The operation is jointly funded by the Association of British Insurers and the Corporation of Lloyd’s.

DCI Andrew Fyfe told Risk UK: “The IFED has produced excellent results over the past six years in countering the ever-changing threat posed by insurance fraudsters. I’m pleased to have joined such a successful and dynamic team. There are many individuals who have contributed to the IFED’s ongoing success, not least DCI Little, who led the team to some outstanding convictions during his time in post.”

Fyfe continued: “All of the unit’s hard work has helped bring serious consequences to those who have endangered the public by engaging in insurance fraud, and I’m keen to ensure that continues. The IFED has recently agreed three more years of funding and we’re very much looking forward to working with our stakeholders in the insurance industry in meeting the challenges that will present themselves during that period.”

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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