Staged car wreck rings in Oklahoma City draw group's attention

National Insurance Crime Bureau investigators are discovering more staged car crash rings across the country, including at least two in the Oklahoma City area.

BY MICHAEL KIMBALL Modified: May 17, 2010 at 11:17 am •  Published: May 17, 2010

/> The break in that case came during a winter ice storm, Wenthold said. A man who was staying at his business because his power was out at home saw suspicious activity near a parking lot at night.

"He watches them, and they park the Suburban at a stop sign and let a bunch of kids out,” Wenthold said. "And as he watches, they ram the U-Haul into the Suburban. They look at the damage and decide it wasn’t enough, then they ram it again.”

The bureau has videos on its website, www.nicb.org, showing common types of crashes.

Oklahoma City police Master Sgt. Gary Knight said officers typically can make a report on any crash, even if injury isn’t involved. Knight and Wenthold said having police investigate can discourage fraudsters and hamper their ability to make false claims.


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HOW TO HELP
Authorities ask anyone with information about staged accidents or insurance fraud to call the NICB at (800) 835-6422, go to the NICB website at www.nicb.org or text "fraud” and the information to TIP411 on a cell phone. Tipsters may remain anonymous.

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