Thursday, 18 December 2014 00:00

Three Sentenced in LA Auto Insurance Fraud Scheme

On December 17, three people were sentenced in federal court after admitting to staging car accidents to collect payments from insurance companies, according to katc.com.

 

Breaux Bridge resident Oliver Lockett was sentenced to five years in prison and three years of supervised release, reported katc.com. The 44-year-old was also ordered to pay $193,074.86 in restitution, U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley said. Lockett spearheaded the scams by planning the accidents and making multiple claims to insurance companies for personal injury and property damage.

New Iberia resident Aleric Johnson was sentenced to one year in prison and two years of supervised release, according to katc.com. The 50-year-old and ordered to pay $62,492.30 in restitution, Finley said. Buddy Estelle, 53, of also of New Iberia, was sentenced to one year in prison and three years of supervised release. Estelle was not ordered to pay any fines.

Each person was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, Finley said.

They all admitted to staging accidents in and around Lafayette Parish from 2003 to March 2010, Finley said. 

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