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Motorist jailed after crashing ‘stolen’ hire car

A man who denied crashing a hire car at 100mph has been convicted of perverting the course of justice after being caught out by a telematics device.

27-year-old Scott Kenten hired an Audi TT roadster after his own car was damaged in a crash caused by another driver. He had been driving in the early hours of October, 2014 when the In-Car Cleverness telematics device used to track the car’s location clocked him at 100mph. 

The TT then collided with parked cars at 66mph, according to the telematics device. Kenten tried to claim the car had been stolen but anti-fraud specialist APU used data collected from the telematics device to prove he was driving at the time of the accident. 

The tracking device helped APU obtain CCTV footage of Kenten filling up the TT after it was said to have been stolen, proving he had been lying in an attempt to get off the hook.

APU Investigative services director Neil Thomas said: “Not only were we able to prove that Mr Kenten’s claim that the car was stolen was fraudulent, but we were also able to reconstruct events and prove exactly what happened and when. 

“Unfortunately for him, he was also caught on CCTV refuelling the vehicle after the supposed theft. 

“Whenever we can help the Police and insurers to reduce dishonest claims, we’ll do all we can – ultimately it benefits law-abiding motorists.” 

Kenten was sentenced to 10 months in jail for dangerous driving and another four months for perverting the course of justice at Maidstone Crown Court.

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