Insurance Fraud NEWS
Photos allegedly show truck damaged before claimed Utah crash
February 20, 2019, Utah County, UT
A Utah County man was charged with insurance fraud after the carrier found photos on social media that showed he bought the car already damaged.
According to charging documents, police were contacted by an agent with American Family Insurance who said Jason Doyle Cook, 44, had filed a claim in June 2018 claiming he was driving in his 1995 Ford F350 while pulling his fifth wheel on I-15 when he collided with a wood post and a semi tire that was in the middle of the freeway.
The agent said Cook reported the crash caused damage to the entire driver bedside of the truck and the rear brakes. Cook claimed the semi tire collided with the slide out on the fifth wheel causing enough damage that it is no longer operable, documents state. He also said the tire caused damage to the sewer line under the trailer.
Documents state that during the claim process American Family Insurance conducted a social media search of both Cook and his wife's social media accounts where they found a picture posted eight months prior to the date of the claim which showed the same truck in the background with the same damage reported in June.
Further photographic evidence showed the damage was also preexisting to the Ford previous to Cook's purchase of the vehicle, according to the charges.
Cook did a book and release in the Utah County Jail on Tuesday morning, however, records show he is now a resident of Wendover, Nevada.