New York State Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Queens) said today that it is time for a crackdown on the practice of staging auto accidents to defraud insurance companies.
Weprin was joined Sunday by the group New Yorkers Stand Against Insurance Fraud to call for a bill to crack down on staged auto accidents. He noted that Alice Ross, a 71-year-old grandmother, was a victim of a deliberate “accident” in the most horrific way.
In 2003, Ross’ car was struck deliberately by another vehicle in Queens. She slammed into a tree and was killed.
As it is, Weprin said, there is no specific state law to prohibit staging accidents.
“All the bill does is create a separate felony under New York State law for staging an automobile accident,” Weprin said. “It’s kind of hard to believe that the actual act of staging a phony automobile accident – which of course, is done for insurance fraud purposes – is not a crime in New York State.”
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