According to the 81-page indictment filed last month, the defendants are accused of planning the collisions, orchestrating them mostly on secluded roads where only the accused defendants could be witnesses to the crash, fraudulently making insurance claims, and fabricating or exaggerating injuries between July 4, 2017, and September 25, 2020. As stated previously, we've seen this scam going on for 30+ years and it's always the same. A good insurance investigator has to be on the lookout for similarities in claims and try to connect the players together as they usually serve as witnesses for each other on these false claims. It does take some digging but geography usually works in an investigator's favor as these rings usually operate in a limited area choosing not to go to other states to stage these accidents.
In some of the pre-planned accidents there were not even any drivers or passengers. The suspects just used something heavy to assure the airbags deployed and hammers to break the windows of the vehicles. In one case we worked several years ago, the father of this family crime ring dug a deep hole, had his 14-year old son put one leg in the hole, then the dad took a running jump and pushed his son so that the leg in the hole would break. I'm sure he got Dad of the Year for that one, but it was so they could claim injuries from an automobile accident that never occurred.
Our Colorado Springs Insurance Investigators work with a variety of insurance companies to find the fraudulent claims that are alive and well and gather the evidence to prove they are fraudulent. If your SIU isn't sniffing out these fraudulent claims as well as they should be, give us a call and let us bring our over 30+ years of experience to work on your claims. Call us at 719.208.4088