The NYPD arrested sixteen suspects Tuesday on charges of setting up fake
auto accidents in Brooklyn, netting $400,000 in insurance payouts, authorities
said. Several of the incidents involved U-Haul trucks rented by people
with squeaky-clean licenses, said the NYPD’s Fraudulent Accident
Investigation Squad. The suspects are all from Brooklyn and range in age
from 20 to 46 and are being charged with insurance fraud, grand larceny,
falsifying business records and misdemeanor conspiracy charges.
Crew leaders would shell out between $100 and $500 to those who would rent
a vehicle for the day and the “accidents” would range from
hitting livery cabs to throwing themselves in front of cars and slapping
the vehicle to make it sound like they’d been hit. With New York
State’s no-fault insurance law, claims can be filed for up to $50,000
to cover physical therapy, acupuncture and chiropractic sessions, while
separate lawsuits for bodily injury can be filed concurrently. The year-long
investigation was sparked by a referral from the Department of Financial
Services, authorizes said, and was carried out by the NYPD and attorney general.
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