A couple who staged a car crash while pretending to be strangers were sentenced at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court this afternoon.

David Ward was sentenced to two years in prison with one suspended.

His wife Lynsey Ivory was also sentenced to two years with two suspended.

Ward and Ivory, of The Beeches, Clonshaugh, Priorswood, Dublin, had pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to attempting to dishonestly by deception cause a loss to FBD Insurance on dates between 22 July 2013 and 1 January 2014.

Both claimed to be suffering injury from the collision but denied to gardaí, who arrived to investigate the crash, that they knew each other.

Both Ward and Ivory later submitted a personal injury claim to FBD Insurance during which they again denied knowing the occupants of the other vehicle.

They both made voluntary statements to gardaí outlining what had happened and stating that the people in the other car were strangers.

The court was told that if their claim had been successful they could each have been awarded up to €15,000.

A claims handler with FBD examined both Ward's and Ivory's Facebook accounts, having received their claims and noted that they appeared in each other's profile pictures.

Judge Martin Nolan said the couple had told a blatant lie which had been detected very easily as it was very obvious they knew each other and had been living together as partners.

He described it as a devious fraud in that it was an attempt to defraud an insurance company. 

Judge Nolan said Ivory had no previous convictions, was a good mother and somebody must look after the couple's two children and handed her a suspended sentence.

He said Ward was also a good parent but had a criminal record and there must be a deterrent and he must suffer imprisonment.