Two Florida residents were taken into custody in March after a multi-agency investigation into a 2012 two-vehicle accident. The man and woman are accused of staging the accident in order to collect on the personal injury protection provisions of an auto insurance policy. The charges carry a maximum custodial sentence of 25 years. The investigation was conducted by personnel with the Florida Department of Financial Services, the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, the Broward County Sheriff's Office and the F.B.I.
The pair were occupants of a passenger vehicle that was struck by a U-Haul truck in Fort Lauderdale on Sept. 22, 2012. They are both said to have subsequently submitted insurance claims in connection with the accident. According to investigators, the U-Haul truck was rented and driven by individuals recruited by the pair in order to stage the accident. In addition to insurance fraud, the couple are facing charges of staging an accident and patient brokering.