March has been a particular rough month for car scammers — which is good news for their victims.
In Minnesota, a man was sentenced to more than six years in jail for fraud in connection with his car restoration business, Memory Lane Classics. Between 2007 and 2010 he reportedly swindled car owners out of $1 million dollars in undelivered restorations. In addition to jail time, he will be forced to pay back his victims.
Read the full story at http://www.startribune.com/local/250800571.html
In New York, a man is awaiting sentencing after being found guilty of of insurance fraud related to stage car crashes. Maxo Jean was the head of a team that caused over 30 car crashes and brought in over $150,000 in fraudulent insurance payoffs over four years. Crews like this have been found operating all over the country. He faces a $250,00 fine and up to 20 years in jail.
You can read more at http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/03/new-low-in-insurance-fraud.html