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Wednesday, 20 June 2012 22:29

Advocates Want Tougher Laws for Staged Accidents

Elected officials, AAA and insurance industry advocates recently urged the State Assembly to pass a law that would toughen penalties against those who stage car accidents.

The bill stipulates that anyone who causes a collision to commit insurance fraud would be charged with a class D felony and face up to seven years in prison.

Alice’s Law is named for Alice Ross, a 71-year-old Queens grandmother who was killed when others tried to stage a fake accident.

“We’re paying hundreds and hundreds of extra dollars in insurance premiums on our car insurance because of these type of frauds,” said Assemblyman David Werpin of Queens.

“Legislation like this is long overdue because we slowly have seen a crime turn into an epidemic,” said David Schwartz of NYers Stand Against Insurance Fraud. “That’s what we’ve seen with the amount of no-fault cases filed every year that have an element of fraud in them.”

The bill passed the Senate in March by a vote of 58-1.

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