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INDIANA MAN GETS 9 1/2 YEARS FOR CAR CRASH FRAUD SCHEME

 

Indiana Man Gets 9 1/2 Years for Car Crash Fraud Scheme

An Evansville, Ind., man has been sentenced to more than 91/2 years in prison for paying people to stage car crashes to defraud insurance companies.

U.S. District Judge Richard L. Young sentenced 57-year-old Michael W. Burris Sr. to 115 months for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and mail fraud.

Prosecutors say that over a six-year period from 2008 to 2014, Burris and relatives recruited people to help stage car crashes, file false police reports and submit false insurance claims for faked or self-inflicted injuries.

The Evansville Courier & Press reports Burris’ attorney, James McKinley, told Young his client was motivated partly to help people when they came to him with their troubles.

Burris was among 36 people indicted after a two-year investigation by federal authorities.

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