Gardaí warn that 'ghost brokers' have left a number of Irish of motorists uninsured 2 weeks ago

Gardaí warn that 'ghost brokers' have left a number of Irish of motorists uninsured

Don't get caught out.

Gardaí have issued a warning regarding 'ghost brokers' who may have left a number of Irish of motorists uninsured.

An Garda Síochána Special Investigations Unit attached to DMR Roads Policing Unit, Dublin Castle, are carrying out a "comprehensive investigation" into "fraud related insurance ghost brokering" activities throughout all of Ireland.

Gardaí are liaising with the Insurance Federation of Ireland and numerous insurance companies in relation to the matter, and urging any motorist who has concerns about their car insurance not to use their motor vehicle on a public road.

In a statement issued on Thursday night, Gardaí said: "Any person with concerns about the credentials of their insurance policy, should contact your insurance company directly and verify if your motor vehicle insurance is valid.

"If anyone has concerns about the bona fide of their Insurance Broker they should check with The Insurance Brokers Federation at centralbank.ie."

RTÉ has reported that more than 10,000 motor insurance policies have been taken out by so-called "ghost brokers", and also that one or two "major players" are behind the criminal enterprise.

One man has been arrested and charged with a number of offences under Section Six of the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act, 2001.

He is due to appear before Trim District Courts on Friday 22 November at 10.30am in connection with the incident.