Man Charged With Staging Traffic Accidents for Insurance Money
The Florida Division of Insurance Fraud arrested a man in Orlando who was charged with orchestrating automobile accidents for the purpose of defrauding insurance companies.
Alma Germain was accused of buying used junk cars to intentionally cause wrecks. Channel 9 in Orlando said one car was in such bad shape, Germain had to stop several times to add water to the radiator on the way to a staged crash.
Germain was charged with using cash to recruit people to get into crashes with him, then telling them to seek treatment at a local healthcare clinic. The clinic would then bill the insurance company.
In one particular case, Germain had three people in the car with him during a crash. He ran from the wreck site but told the three passengers to go to Family Practice and Rehab in Orlando for treatment. Family Practice billed the insurance company for nearly $25,000.
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