The final two defendants who were convicted on various felony offenses related to their operation of a
Two defendants who each pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud on the third day of their
Earlier this month, the principal defendants who were convicted at trial, Frenchitt Su-Dell Collins, 42, and
According to documents filed in the case and evidence presented at trial, the four defendants ran a conspiracy to defraud various insurance companies, including
The defendants recruited individuals to claim they had been involved and injured in staged automobile accidents. They obtained insurance both on vehicles used in the accidents -- sometimes using salvaged vehicles -- and on the individuals allegedly driving the vehicles. The defendants also stole the identities of some unsuspecting individuals, including an
The defendants also allegedly created numerous fictitious chiropractic clinics to generate fraudulent medical records and bills to submit with the automobile insurance claims. They submitted fraudulent insurance claims to numerous private-pay property and casualty insurance carriers and caused these insurance carriers to settle accidents claims based on their submission of false and fraudulent property damage and personal injury medical records and bills. The defendants cashed the settlement checks and distributed the funds among themselves.
The trial evidence also revealed that after the defendants' arrest on federal charges in
The case was investigated by the