NYC Officer Charged with Insurance Fraud

August 5, 2016

The FBI says a New York City police officer had his Range Rover doused with gasoline and lit it on fire to collect $34,000 in insurance money.

Special agent Jason Wake wrote in an August complaint that Carlos Becker discussed the 2012 arson in recorded conversations. He said the 10 year veteran exchanged several phone calls with an accomplice just hours before the ruined car was discovered.

Becker remains in custody following his arrest on mail and insurance fraud charges. Wake said Becker has also pursued claims for a crashed Audi and a BMW that caught on fire. Becker’s attorney said she has not yet had an opportunity to discuss the charges with her client.

A spokesman for Becker’s union didn’t immediately return a request by the Associated Press for comment.

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