North Cyprus News | Giving the TRNC Police a Bad Name

North Cyprus News | Giving the TRNC Police a Bad NameWITHOUT PREJUDICE

North Cyprus News | Giving the TRNC Police a Bad Name

So the police are implicated in an insurance scam. Otherwise known as fraud. But the poor suckers who have been victims of property scams are ignored when they shout that fraud is a crime. Clearly this fraud is being treated as a crime. Yes, every intelligent person on the planet knows fraud is a form of theft and theft is most definitely a crime, but how do they get the Police to accept that when the Advocates look them in the eye and blatantly tell them the fraud that was perpetrated via their Contract of Sale is a Civil Crime. Every violation of the conditions of a Contract is not a crime, of course that is a given. However the victims of property fraud such as Aga, Armacon, Kulaksiz 5, NCP buyers and others have been defrauded of their homes, their dreams and their money.

It is bull’s faeces and if they wanted bull’s faeces they would have bought a bull.

Why would any of them be surprised at this latest scam. They have seen the police being used as a Bank’s own private enforcers when breaking and entering properties without a court order. More recently, we have heard of police being present to help when the Lapta Mayor orders the illegal burning of rubbish.

Perhaps it is time that the authorities in north Cyprus cleaned up the service so that the vast majority of police officers who are honest and who do a good job regain the respect they deserve. The bad apples are causing the whole barrel to be treated as rotten and this is not so.

This current set of scammers are defrauding a Bank owned Insurer, it is alleged. But the knock on effect is that the public are also being defrauded by those they should be able to trust. Every insurance fraud causes the insured harm because as everyone knows, the insurer never loses, they will pass their losses on to the insured by way of increased insurance premiums.

“An insurance scam was initially exposed last week when it was found that police sergeant Namik Ceylangunden had been reporting fake traffic accidents. He had been working with 4 other accomplices including a garage owner to defraud insurance companies.

A few days after, two more police sergeants were also charged with related fraud violations and police investigations widened to include Nicosia and Kyrenia police departments. Police General Manager, Ahmet Zaim is heading up the team of investigators.

Yesterday there were two more suspects added to the gang.

Serkan Temiz had earlier testified to police that he had been called to clean up after the traffic accident that never happened by police sergeant Namik Ceylangunden .

He has now appeared in court, and is accused of falsifying his statement.

Mr Temiz who works as a nightclub bouncer and is a Turkish and TRNC national was bailed awaiting his court appearance. His travel documents were confiscated.

Another police officer, Mete Erdinc from Lapta police station appeared in court. Police stated that he had been investigated, following testimony from the people already charged and after traffic reports written up by him had been analysed. Mr Erdinc had initially denied the charges but in the face of the evidence collected against him, admitted his guilt and volunteered a statement. His statement apparently implicates another police officer at Nicosia police station and this is being investigated.

A police Special Unit team looking into this growing fraud case have said that they will now be looking into all traffic accident reports in the TRNC.


Today the manager of Umbrella Insurance, Tayfun Guclu was arrested and appeared in court. Umbrella Insurance is part of the Iktisatbank group.

It is claimed that so far the police investigation unit have uncovered 9 fake traffic accident reports and that TL 192,000 has been claimed from insurance.

Mr Guclu has been linked to Ibrahim Guney, the owner of Guney garage. It is claimed that these two conspired to defraud Umbrella Insurance of TL 58,000, the proceeds of which they shared equally.” [LGC News]

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Citizen Smith

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