3 Accused In W.Va. Of Faking Car Crashes, Injuries

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- Three people accused of scamming insurance companies by staging accidents and faking injuries have been indicted on charges of conspiracy, and mail and wire fraud.

West Virginia Insurance commissioner Jane Cline says this week's federal indictments are the result of a two-year investigation.

Charged are 36-year-old James Woodson of Clarksburg, 28-year-old Jennifer Mills of Weston and 32-year-old Christopher Bragg of Salem.

Mills also goes by the name Jennifer Woodson.

Cline said thursday the 11-count indictment charges them with defrauding insurance companies, health care providers and other businesses between July 2001 and April 2007.

She says they staged at least 24 crashes, then tried to file false insurance claims.

It could not immediately be determined whether they have lawyers.

(Copyright 2010 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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