New York Police Arrest 13 Suspects in Car Insurance Fraud Scheme

Police in New York say 13 people staged minor car accidents to get thousands of dollars’ worth of unnecessary medical treatment from four Bronx clinics.

The 13 people were arrested Tuesday on insurance fraud and grand larceny charges stemming from at least five wrecks. Two suspects are still at large.

Police say the ring targeted car insurance companies, taking advantage of a state law that entitles people involved in a crash to $50,000 worth of medical benefits.

Police say a ringleader would set up the accidents and pay about $500 to those involved in a crash. They would refuse treatment at the accident scene, then go to clinics for acupuncture, physical therapy and other medical care. Insurance companies footed the bill.

Police are investigating whether the clinics were in on the scam.