Auto Insurance Fraud is a Felony
Auto insurance fraud is aggressively prosecuted by the San Diego District Attorney. In 2010, 9 defendants were convicted of staging auto accidents to defraud auto insurance companies of over $200,000.
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Auto Insurance Fraud is a Felony

Posted By The Law Offices of Eugene G. Bruno, P.C. Posted in: Uninsured Motorists Accident.

14-November-2013

Insurance fraud is aggressively prosecuted by the San Diego District Attorney’s office. This includes workers’ compensation fraud and auto insurance fraud. In 2010, nine people in San Diego were convicted of staging auto accidents with stolen vehicles in a scheme to defraud auto insurance companies of over $200,000.

Channel 6 News San Diego reported the group were charged with staging five alleged fraudulent traffic accidents. Each case involved two vehicles: the vehicle that caused the collision, commonly referred to as the “hammer” vehicle and the vehicle that was struck, commonly referred to as the “nail” vehicle. For each crash, the passengers in the “nail” vehicle claimed injuries and sought treatment at a local hospital. When the insurance company settled the claims, the payment checks were sent directly to the “injured” passengers, who left the hospital bills unpaid. In 1993, a group of over 40 individuals were charged with similar fraudulent accidents.

Unfortunately, this type of criminal behavior sometimes makes insurance companies wary of legitimate claims, for instance where the “hammer” vehicle is a stolen vehicle or is abandoned at the scene. In such cases, even a legitimate claim can be referred to the insurance company’s Special Investigations Unit.

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