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Authorities charge six people allegedly involved in fraud scheme

When you have been charged with a crime, it is wise to speak to an attorney about your options. It is likely that legal counsel was part of a case involving six individuals from Louisiana who recently pleaded guilty to the charges that were filed against them. Each of them was accused of some form of fraud charge, including wire fraud, mail fraud and health care fraud. According to authorities, the group of individuals - varying in age from 25 years old to 54 years old - were involved in several staged automobile accidents.

Officials said the six-person group was involved in a fraud scheme that involved two rear-end accidents and several single-automobile accidents involving trees. Supposedly, the defendants also made claims regarding hit-and-run incidents. After reporting the accident, police said the individuals would make insurance claims for property damage and personal injury. The claims were made between December 2007 and March 2008 in Louisiana - in Athens and Ruston, as well as Claiborne and Bienville parishes. If these claims were false as alleged, then it is possible that each of the defendants will face a very serious sentence.

Each of the crimes they have been charged with have a $250,000 fine and restitution, as well as prison sentences and supervised release timeframes. Mail fraud has a maximum prison sentence of 20 years with two years of supervised release, wire fraud has a maximum prison sentence of 20 years with three years of supervised release, and health care fraud has a maximum prison sentence of 10 years with three years of supervised release. Those charged with conspiracy could be put in prison for five years with - again - three years of supervised release. It is unclear if their sentences, which will be doled out in November, can be served concurrently.

Source: Insurance Journal, "6 Plead Guilty in Louisiana Auto Accident Insurance Fraud Scheme" No author given, Jul. 23, 2013

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