• Jacksonville man sentenced for role in staged car accidents, defrauding insurance company


    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A Jacksonville man was sentenced to six years in prison for staging a car accident and defrauding his insurance company.

    Guillermo de la Vega, 50, helped organize and participated in a fake car accident.

    The State Attorney’s Office and the Division of Insurance Fraud says Vega filed fraudulent Personal Injury Protection claims through the Arlington Rehabilitation Center, Inc.

    Investigators say the clinic was used to give fake treatment to the people involved in the staged accidents.

    The clinic received PIP claim money from the insurance company, and Vega distributed it to the participants.  

    Vega pleaded guilty to two counts of knowingly participating in an intentional motor vehicle crash, and two counts of false insurance claims. 

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