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3 More Guilty Pleas in Louisiana Staged Auto/Tractor-Trailer Crashes

Three more people have pleaded guilty to conspiring to stage accidents between automobiles and tractor-trailers in Louisiana, federal authorities say. Roderick Hickman, 49, of Baton Rouge; Bernell Gale, 43, of Raceland; and Troy Smith, 56, of Houma, have pleaded guilty …

4 Accused of Staging Louisiana Big Rig Crash Settle for $4.7M

Four people have been charged in what prosecutors say was a staged wreck that was settled for $4.7 million. The indictment brought the total to 32 people accused of faking accidents with tractor-trailers to get insurance money, federal prosecutors in …

Maryland Auto Insurance Launches New Auto Insurance Fraud Initiative

Maryland Auto Insurance has launched an initiative aimed at combatting auto insurance fraud in Maryland. This comes as the FBI projects insurance fraud accounts for more than $40 billion in costs annually, according to a Maryland Auto Insurance press release. …

Michigan Man Faces Felony Charges Over Alleged Fake Auto Insurance Certificates

A formerly licensed insurance agent in Flint, Michigan, faces multiple felony charges for allegedly selling fraudulent automobile insurance certificates. The Michigan Department of Financial Services (DIFS) said 24-year old Dillen Leonard has been charged with four counts of selling counterfeit …

CDI: 3 Charged with Auto Insurance Fraud, Forgery in California

Three Californians have been charged with multiple felony counts of insurance fraud and forgery for allegedly filing fraudulent insurance claims on a former employee’s policy and intercepting insurance checks to receive undeserved payouts. The California Department of Insurance reported that …

Idaho Man to Serve Jail Time for ‘Crash And Buy’

An Idaho man was sentenced to jail over an alleged “crash and buy” auto insurance fraud scheme. Nicolas Thorne of Jerome County was sentenced for insurance fraud in violation of Idaho code. On Dec. 14, 2017, Thorne’s vehicle was reportedly …

Idaho Woman Acknowledged She Sought Auto Coverage After Vehicle Hit Deer

An Idaho woman has been charged for insurance fraud over damage to her vehicle from a deer. Callene Zink, of Jefferson County, was charged and pled guilty to insurance fraud in violation of Idaho code 41-293(1)(c). Zink reportedly purchased an …

Family-run Auto Insurance Fraud Ring Snared in ‘Operation Car Seats’ in California

California Department of Insurance detectives arrested seven suspects on 31 felony charges of auto insurance fraud for their alleged involvement in a family-run organized auto fraud ring dubbed Operation Car Seats. Suspects allegedly filed dozens of fraudulent false insurance claims …

Texas Auto Body Shop Owner Get 2 Years for Insurance Fraud

The owner of an auto body shop in San Antonio, Texas has been sentenced to two years in jail for cashing insurance claim checks without fixing the car he was being paid to repair. The Texas Department of Insurance said …

California Department of Insurance Arrests Suspects in $500K Auto Fraud Ring

Investigators from the California Department of Insurance, San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, and the California Highway Patrol have arrested four suspects for alleged involvement in an organized auto fraud ring reportedly costing insurers $500,000. The arrests of the suspects …