Dozens of staged accidents. Scores of hustlers. Millions of dollars paid to settle fraudulent lawsuits with fake injury claims. And, as a result, the entire state of Louisiana suffering from some of the highest car insurance rates in the country.Special InvestigationsLiability
“It affects all of us,” former U.S. Attorney Harry Rosenberg said. “It affects you and me and all of your listeners because we’re all going to be paying more insurance as a result of these fraudulent claims.”
Authorities say the scam involves people packing into a car, intentionally side swiping a random 18-wheeler, then claiming injuries in a lawsuit that usually ends in a settlement paid by insurance companies.
The street-level organizers of the scheme, known as “slammers,” are the ones behind the wheel, creating the accident. After they ram their target, they jump out, putting someone else in the driver’s seat.
“It’s almost a suicidal occupation to be a slammer, to slam yourself into an eighteen-wheeler,” U.S. Attorney Peter Strasser said. “I have one word for you: It’s outrageous.”