Tuesday, March 22, 2011
NY: Fake Accident Caught On Camera
The NYPD has arrested eight people who are accused of staging a car accident to cheat insurance companies.
The Fraudulent Accident Investigation Squad used video surveillance footage to unravel the scheme.
Police say it happened on June 22, 2010. The camera captured three cars, each occupied by three people, intentionally crash their cars into each other at West 168th Street and Cromwell Ave. in the Bronx.
Minutes later, police say the vehicles circled the block and came back to the same location, where they proceeded to back their vehicles into each other causing further damage and simulating an accidental crash. The occupants then called 911 and filled out a police accident report.
They then sought medical treatment at Bronx medical clinics. Those clinics billed insurance companies up to $39,000.
All eight suspects, in their 20s and 30s, are charged with Insurance Fraud, Grand Larceny, and Falsifying Business Records.