A father-of-two accused of helping to set up bogus car crashes to pocket insurance payouts told a jury claim forms were filled out without his knowledge.
Businessman Javed Khan said he never filled out documents found at City Claims 4 U - the Sheffield firm at the centre of a fraud trial - despite them containing his correct details.
Khan, aged 46, is alleged to have plotted with company boss Mohammed Omar Gulzar, known as Bobby, to stage collisions and submit fake personal injury claims.
The prosecution say the nine-month plot involved setting up a bogus bus crash near to the office in Pitsmoor in June 2011.
But Khan maintained his innocence as he took to the witness box at Sheffield Crown Court for his defence.
He said: “I’ve known Bobby for about 19 years. We are friends and we have done business together.
“I have a prestige car and I hire it out through him. He was always genuine.”
Applications for compensation relating to another car crash at the junction of Barnsley Road and Earl Marshal Road were seized from Gulzar’s office during a police raid.
They contained a photocopy of Khan’s driving licence, his address, doctor’s details and other personal information.
He said: “That’s definitely not my signature. I never filled these out. I never tried to make a claim. I didn’t want to make a big deal out of it.”
Khan, of Birmingham, and Gulzar, aged 31, of Fir Vale, are on trial with City Claims 4 U employees Shoaib Nawaz and Liam Howden, both 25, and Nisar Hussain, 28, of Morgan Road, Shirecliffe, Kiran Shaheen, 22, of Bradford, and Sami Selm, 39, of North Wales.
All deny conspiracy to defraud insurance companies by deception.
The trial continues.