Post Date December 24, 2013 – Auto accident insurance fraud will cost you a lot more than paying more for your auto insurance in the future. A man from Utica, New York was sentenced to nearly two years in jail. The perpetrator was found guilty of auto accident insurance fraud in order to defraud a New York auto insurance company.
Auto Accident Insurance Fraud Costs Everyone Who Buys Car Insurance
David Morgan was sentenced to 21 months in prison and to pay nearly one million five hundred thousand dollars. Morgan pleaded guilty to one count of auto accident insurance fraud in July 2012. When the accused is released from prison, he will also serve 36 months of supervised probation.
Morgan admitted in assisting others in an auto accident insurance fraud scheme nearly 10 years ago. That auto accident insurance fraud scheme involved staging a car accident in Utica, New York. In that accident, Morgan’s wife, together with another man claimed that they have been injured while being a passenger in a multi-passenger van which was hit by a truck.
The police learned that the accident was intentionally staged and both Morgan and his wife were not in the truck nor were they passengers the car at the time of supposed collision. Both claiming to have been injured submitted false auto accident insurance claims that included personal injuries claims and disability.
Prosecutors in New York say that the Morgan’s saw numerous doctors for medical treatments for injuries they did not have. They also filed lawsuits to recovery financial compensation for their pain and suffering. The two settled the law suit with the auto insurance company for a one time payment of $30,000. The police and the fraud investigation unit of the insurance company were able to crack the auto accident insurance fraud scheme through a joint effort with the assistance of the NY Department of Financial Services, Internal Revenue Service and the FBI.