A false insurance claim made by a shoplifter for injuries sustained in a police chase contributed to the highest level of insurance fraud last year.
Over 2,000 dishonest insurance claims worth more than £16m were detected every week in 2009, the ABI reports.
In total, 122,000 fraudulent insurance claims were uncovered, up 14% on 2008. The value of these claims, at £840m, rose by 14% on the previous year.
In one case, a young woman claimed to have tripped over a loose pavement, when in fact her injuries were sustained from jumping down a flight of stairs while running away from security guards on suspicion of shoplifting.
One man who claimed he had fractured his hand after falling over a pothole in the street, was found to have sustained the injury after he punched a wall during a domestic dispute.
Motor insurance frauds were highest by value, with dishonest claims totalling £410m uncovered.
The most common frauds involved home insurance, with 62,000 bogus or exaggerated claims detected.
Many of the 8,500 dishonest claims exposed involved bogus personal injuries.
Nick Starling, the ABI's director of general insurance and health, says: "Whether claiming against a third party for bogus personal injury or on their own insurance, fraudsters are more likely than ever to get caught, leading to more expensive and harder to obtain insurance and credit, and the possibility of a criminal record."
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