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One man’s gig of instigating auto accidents to file fraudulent insurance claims is over.

Christopher John Thrain, 42, of Buckhannon, West Virginia, was sentenced on May 21, 2012 to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to one count of mail fraud for his part in a staged collision racket. U.S. District Court Chief Judge, John Preston Bailey, also ordered Thrain to complete three years of supervised release and make restitution in the amount of $35,962.31 to four defrauded insurance companies.

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