Traffic can be hard to stand, but two suspects threw fraud in the mix, and now it's a real lock-up.

According to a recent investigation, Yvonne Smith, 44, and Emanuel Parker, 24, staged a vehicle accident in Augusta, Ga., last spring. After renting a U-Haul, Parker claimed to have accidentally rear-ended Smith's vehicle, in which Smith, her daughter, and her five-year-old granddaughter were traveling.

Not only did the duo put themselves, Parker's family, and anyone else on the road in danger, but they also wanted cash for the crash. Smith and Parker submitted a claim to the insurer of U-Haul that, had it been paid, would have totaled $23,000. During the investigation, Smith revealed that this was not the first time he had staged an accident; in 2006, he collected $10,000 after he used another U-Haul to create a crash.

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