Many of the planned crashes were single-vehicle accidents on remote roads where there were no witnesses other than the occupants of the crashed vehicle, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
A Clark County, Nev., grand jury returned a 68-felony count indictment against 24 Las Vegas residents for their alleged roles in filing 23 fraudulent insurance claims related to staged automobile accidents and thefts.
The body shops staged up to 40 false insurance claims receiving payouts totaling $560,492 from 10 different insurance companies, including some of the largest auto insurers in the nation, according to authorities.
Former Chiefs wide receiver Jeff Webb has been arrested on multiple felony counts following crashes that resulted in $70,000 in claims and a total potential loss of $139,000.
The suspects allegedly submitted 26 fraudulent insurance claims totaling more than $140,000. Once the insurers paid the claim, the suspects pocketed the proceeds and did not repair damaged vehicles.
Suspects are accused of intentionally damaging cars and defrauding insurance companies out of $85,000.