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Insurance Scammers Could Be Jailed For Ten Years For Lying Under Oath

Justice Minister and Laois TD Charlie Flanagan hopes the bill can get cross party support.

New laws could see insurance scammers jailed for up to 10 years for lying under oath.

It's part of a government crackdown on compensation culture.

The government is planning to amend a bill currently before the Dáil, which it's hoped could help tackle insurance claims.

A proposed amendment would see the offence of perjury extended to anyone giving evidence before a commission of investigation or tribunal.

Justice Minister and Laois TD Charlie Flanagan has told the Irish Independent he hopes the bill can get cross party support.

It could see people who lie under oath face a fine of €100,000 or up to ten years in jail.

It follows an investigation by the paper which found some lawyers and GPs are encouraging patients to bring claims.

Some solicitors are also asking doctors to amend medical reports for personal injury claims.

The new laws are expected to be fast-tracked and could come into force early next year. 

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