Page last updated at 12:46 GMT, Tuesday, 20 April 2010 13:46 UK

Four arrested over Swansea mobile phone fraud

Mobile telephone
More than 300 people fell victim to the mobile phone scam

Police investigating a multi-million pound mobile phone insurance fraud on more than 300 people say they have arrested four suspects.

After a two-year investigation officers raided a business premises in Swansea city centre and residential addresses in Sketty, Manselton and Birchgrove.

Three men aged 43, 29 and 28, and a woman aged 25 are being held at Swansea police station.

Police said the scam netted between £4m and £5m over a five-year period.

The operation involved more than 40 officers from South Wales Police.

The warrants were a result of months of preparation work by the force's economic crime unit alongside its western division, said officers.

Acting Det Insp Barrie McGregor of the economic crime unit said: "This operation and the arrests are a significant part of our ongoing drive to actively target individuals who we believe are causing the greatest harm to our communities.

"The public can be reassured that we will do everything in our power to target and investigate those individuals involved in organised crime.

"We will utilise our expertise to secure their convictions and strip them of any assets they have gained through their involvement in crime."

Neighbourhood policing teams across the division will be working to reassure communities and inform residents about the operation, said the force.

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