In this edition of Fraud Files we take a look at how one Houston resident allegedly tried to flood a vehicle to collect on the insurance money. Police in Houston say that the owner of a 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe deliberately tried to get rid of the SUV during the April flooding in the area.
He allegedly put a piece of concrete on the gas pedal and tied the steering wheel using the driver’s side seat belt, then he drove it into the rising flood waters. NICB assisted in the investigation.
From 2005 through 2012, Leroy Nelson defrauded auto insurance companies by submitting false and fraudulent claims for damage to various technical equipment in accidents that never happened. Nelson promised cash to individuals he recruited to report fictional accidents in which the driver had rear-ended a trailer or served to avoid something in the road and caused damage to items.