Now a felony to intentionally crash car in hopes of insurance money

August 09, 2019 05:36 AM

It’s now a felony in New York to intentionally crash a car in hopes of collecting an insurance payout.    

While insurance fraud and reckless endangerment are already illegal, the idea is the new law will strengthen criminal penalties and give authorities new tools to punish the fraudsters.    


So-called "crash-for-cash" schemes involve drivers who intentionally crash into other cars, then try to profit from insurance payouts for unnecessary medical care.    

The new law also makes it a separate felony to seriously injure another person in a staged crash.


WNYT Staff

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