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Long Island man convicted of staging car crashes in insurance fraud scheme

NEW YORK - Federal law enforcement authorities, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, announced that Maxo Jean was found guilty by a jury in Manhattan federal court of conspiracy to commit mail, wire, and health care fraud for orchestrating and carrying out a multi-year scheme to intentionally cause more than 30 car crashes, obtain unnecessary medical treatment, and file fraudulent claims for insurance benefits. 

He profited from the scheme by collecting more than $150,000 in insurance company payouts and in kickbacks from the corrupt medical clinics.

Jean was convicted after a one-week trial.  After Jean’s conviction, Judge Denny Chin remarked that he was “appalled at the level of corruption” involved in the scheme, and remanded Jean into the custody of the United States Marshals.

Jean, 52, of West Hempstead, New York, was convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit mail, wire, and health care fraud. He faces a maximum penalty of twenty years in prison and a fine of $250,000, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense. He is scheduled to be sentenced on May 29.