4 individuals have actually been charged in what district attorneys say was a staged wreck that was awarded a whopping $4.7 million.
The indictment brought the total to 32 people accused of faking accidents with tractor-trailers to get insurance cash, federal prosecutors in New Orleans said.
One of those individuals was lost there life four days after being charged.
It was unclear whether those in the indictment submitted Friday in U.S. District Court– Anthony Robinson, 66; Audrey Harris, 53; Jerry Schaffer, 65, and Keishira Robinson, 25— had attorneys who might speak for them.
Each was charged with 2 counts of mail fraud and among conspiracy to devote mail scams. The maximum total sentence, if they are convicted, would be 45 years in prison and $750,000 in fines.
The press release said all but Anthony Robinson were travelers in a car driven by a coconspirator who intentionally hit an eighteen-wheeler on Oct. 13, 2015, in New Orleans.
Damien Labeaud, who pleaded guilty to a previous indictment, picked up the driver from that site and dropped off Anthony Robinson, who got behind the wheel of his broken automobile and claimed to have actually been driving it when it crashed, according to the news release.
Both Robinsons and Harris are blood family, however the indictment does not specify how, The Times-Picayune/ The New Orleans Advocate reported.
The indictment declares that Anthony Robinson created the crash during a meeting with Labeaud and the motorist, determined just as Co-Conspirator A, the newspaper reported.
The indictment alleged that one lawyer paid Labeaud $1,500 for the wreck and got another attorney to file a suit for three of the offenders, referring Anthony Robinson to a 3rd lawyer.
The three legal representatives– identified only as lawyers A, B and C– supposedly provided or gave cash loan amounting to $64,570 to the four new defendants prior to the case was settled. Two of the attorneys referred Anthony Robinson, Harris and Schaffer to physicians for neck or back surgery, according to the indictment.
All three went through surgery, the press release said.