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Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Jeff Webb (80) during NFL football training camp in River Falls, Wis., Aug. 1, 2009. (Photo: AP/Orlin Wagner)

(Bloomberg) — Former National Football League wide receiver Jeff Webb is accused of being the ringleader of a group that staged car collisions to defraud insurance companies.

Webb, 34, who played for the Kansas City Chiefs, was arrested on multiple felony counts following crashes that resulted in $70,000 in claims and a total potential loss of $139,000, the California Department of Insurance said Wednesday in a statement. As the leader, Webb allegedly received a bulk of the money paid by the victim companies, which included Progressive Corp., York Risk Services Group, Rental Insurance Services and Hertz Claim Management.

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