Insurance Fraud NEWS
Connecticut man helps stage 50 crashes on remote roads
July 14, 2017, Norwich, CT
A Norwich man was sentenced Friday in federal court to 100 days in prison followed by three years of supervised release for his role in an insurance fraud scheme.
Frandy Dugue, 40, known as Jimmy, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Alker Meyer in New Haven.
According to court documents and statements made in court, between April 2011 and April 2014, Dugue and others conspired to stage approximately 50 car crashes in Eastern Connecticut for the purpose of defrauding automobile insurance companies.
A high percentage of the planned crashes were single-vehicle accidents on remote roads where there were no witnesses other than the occupants of the crashed vehicle. After each staged accident, the defendants filed fraudulent property damage and bodily injury claims with the insurance companies.
They then collected payouts on the fraudulent claims from the companies. The payouts typically ranged from about $10,000 to about $30,000 per accident, according to the court.
Dugue was involved in five false insurance claims, four of which stemmed from staged automobile crashes, according to the court. He received $11,004 from insurers based on his false claims.
Meyer ordered Dugue to pay $10,000 in restitution.
Dugue was arrested on May 20, 2016 and on Aug. 9 pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud. A citizen of Haiti and a lawful permanent resident of the United States, Dugue faces immigration proceedings when he is released from prison, the court said.
Six other people involved in the scheme have been convicted and are awaiting sentencing.
The case has been investigated by the FBI, the Norwich Police Department and the National Insurance Crime Bureau. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Avi Perry and Michael J. Gustafson.
Source: The Bulletin