Car accidents can cause a significant amount of physical, financial and emotional damage to victims. Insurance companies play an important role in addressing these types of damages. It is not uncommon for car accident victims to pursue compensation or reimbursement from either their insurance companies or those of other drivers involved in the wreck. However, North Dakota police claim that two men engaged in white collar crimes when they collected compensation after multiple car accidents.
A 38-year-old man allegedly caused accidents on purpose between Aug. 2016 and Aug. 2018. During that period of time he supposedly not only caused these accidents, but did so in a manner that made it appear as if the other drivers were always at fault. Afterwards he would supposedly submit claims, for which he received $22,985 in compensation. In addition to causing accidents on purpose, he is also accused of failing to disclose existing damage to his vehicle. These allegations stem from an investigation conducted by the North Dakota Insurance Department.
Another man is also facing two counts for insurance fraud and another for theft. In this separate investigation, the man caused accidents between July 2018 and Nov. 2018. He supposedly collected $5,652 in fraudulent insurance claims.
The possible criminal consequences for white collar crimes can be severe. Defendants who are facing allegations of insurance fraud or theft should understand just how much is on the line, including jail time and even fines. A thorough review of all charges can not only help a defendant gain valuable insight into his or her situation, but can also be a smart place to begin criminal defense planning.