Using a variety of deer parts, geese, dogs, blood, fur, concrete, overturned cartons of fruit and other props, prosecutors say the owner of an auto-body shop (and alleged mob associate) and his group staged elaborate scenes in order to defraud auto insurance companies, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.
A grand jury called the scheme the business of “fictitious deer accidents,” wherein the shop owner told workers to pull weeds from the river and create “Hollywood photos” of fake accidents.
He allegedly preferred making it look like single-vehicle accidents because those would more likely be dubbed “no-fault” situations by insurance companies, making it likely that they’d pay the claims without raising the owners’ premiums.
Witnesses for the grand jury said he’d say, “I live my life to cheat insurance companies.”
He and 40 other people have been charged with fraud after 16-month investigation by a Philadelphia grand jury.
Grand jury: Auto-insurance scam involved deer parts [Philadelphia Inquirer]