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The couple was sentenced to 48 months in prison and are now liable, along with their co-conspirators, for restitutions in excess of $5 million. The sum includes the total settlement paid by the insurance company and trucking firm as well as attorneys’ fees incurred during a civil suit regarding the staged accidents. (Credit: Vitpho/Shutterstock.com) The couple was sentenced to 48 months in prison and are now liable, along with their co-conspirators, for restitutions in excess of $5 million. The sum includes the total settlement paid by the insurance company and trucking firm as well as attorneys’ fees incurred during a civil suit regarding the staged accidents. (Credit: Vitpho/Shutterstock.com)

It may have taken a few years, but a New Orleans couple has been found guilty of attempting to defraud a trucking company and its insurer by staging a crash with a tractor-trailer, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana. The fraudulent claims associated with the staged accident totaled $4.7 million.

On October 13, 2015, Anthony Robinson arranged for his wife, Audrey Harris, his daughter, Keishira Robinson, and neighbor Jerry Schaffer to go for a ride in his automobile. Arriving on the scene of the soon-to-be accident, Robinson exited his vehicle and allowed Roderick Hickman, who acted as the “slammer” in the staged accident, to take the wheel and collide with a tractor-trailer.

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Steve Hallo

Steve Hallo is an assistant editor with PC360 Group. Prior to his current position, Steve spent nearly a decade covering retail transformation, consumer trends, manufacturing issues and supply chain challenges impacting global CPG markets. He can be reached at [email protected], and on LinkedIn and Twitter.  

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