The eighth and final defendant involved in an elaborate auto insurance fraud ring has been sentenced. The ring spanned four years and netted those arrested more than $100,000 in phony insurance payments from staged auto accidents.

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin reported that Cory Timothy Jett, 35, a Greenville, N.C resident, pled guilty to one count of attempting to obtain property by false pretense. Jett received suspended jail time, 24 months parole, and an order to pay nearly $2,000 in restitution to Progressive Insurance.

According to the investigation, the defendants allegedly posed as drivers and passengers in salvage cars often bought out-of-state by the assumed ringleader, Rayon Lamont Artis. After each staged accident, the defendants submitted false medical and vehicle damage insurance claims. It was GMAC Insurance that tipped off department investigators as to the fraud ring.

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