NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Over the past two days, troopers conducted a sweep across the New Orleans area trying to serve 18 arrest warrants for suspects involved in staged or "jump-in" crashes in order to defraud several insurance companies, according to a State Police news release.
The warrant roundup was the result of nearly a dozen independent investigations conducted by the Louisiana State Police Insurance Fraud/Auto Theft Unit New Orleans field office. Detectives worked closely with investigators and representatives from companies including Repwest, Progressive, State Farm, Imperial Fire and Casualty, and GEICO.
The fraud is estimated to be over $165,000.
Below are summaries of the investigations from the news release:
As a result of a complaint received through Repwest insurance company, Troopers initiated an investigation into an alleged staged crash involving a rented U-Haul truck. Troopers' investigation revealed that 31 year old Moses Baracks orchestrated to have two accomplices, 38 year old Keith Robertson Jr. and 31 Temica Walker, rent a U-Haul truck. Barracks subsequently used the U-Haul to intentionally rear-end his unoccupied Chevrolet Suburban. Following the staged crash, Barracks and six additional passengers including Robertson entered the wrecked Suburban as Walker moved to the driver's seat of the U-Haul. Upon all "occupants" being in place, emergency services were called to the scene with both drivers and all passengers claiming injuries and filing an official crash report with the New Orleans Police Department. On September 28, 2015, the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court signed warrants for the arrest of Moses Barracks, Temica Walker, Keith Robertson, 23 year old Norris Livas, 32 year old Ashley Green, 29 year old Samara Egana, 43 year old Nelree Williams, and 18 year old Faith Williams on one count each of Insurance Fraud. The total financial exposure in this case was approximately $110,000.
During September of 2015, LSP Investigators received a referral from the Louisiana Department of Insurance in reference to possible insurance fraud involving GEICO Insurance Company. According to GEICO, a crash occurred on August 31, 2013, involving a listed policy holder. Two days after the accident, the policy holder's cousin, 23 year old Brandon Jarrow of New Orleans, contacted GEICO and added himself as a passenger claiming injury. Upon further questioning, the policy holder provided a statement to GEICO indicating Jarrow was not inside her vehicle at the time of the crash. The statement was further supported by the crash report listing her as the only occupant. As a result of the investigation, it was shown that Jarrow filed a fraudulent injury claim resulting in a warrant issued for his arrest for one count of Insurance Fraud. The total financial exposure in this case was approximately $2,240.00.
Following an investigation into a complaint received by Progressive Insurance Company, Troopers obtained a warrant for 28 year old Archshana Young on one count of Insurance Fraud for her role in asserting occupancy, along with her two minor children, in an insured vehicle. The investigation revealed that on April 23, 2014, Young's Toyota Camry was involved in a motor vehicle crash with a Chevy Silverado. At the time of the crash, Young's Camry was being driven by a separate male driver who subsequently fled the scene. The driver of the Chevrolet Silverado and independent witnesses to the crash reported seeing no other occupants in the Toyota besides the male driver. That same day, Young contacted Progressive Insurance in pursuit of claims on behalf of herself and her children who were not occupants in the insured vehicle at the time of the crash. As a result of the investigation, the claim was denied and Young was found to have committed insurance fraud. The potential loss in this matter is estimated at $4,000.
In a continued investigation from December of 2014, Troopers obtained an arrest warrant for 35 year old Eric Kenner of Laplace, LA for his role in a staged crash. The investigation revealed that Kenner paid an accomplice to rent a U-Haul truck later used to intentionally crash into Kenner's Cadillac Escalade. Following the staged crash, Kenner filed injury claims for himself and his 4 year old son. Upon further questioning, Kenner's accomplice, Trevor Sanders, admitted to staging the crash and was arrested in March of 2015. Kenner remains at large at this time with a total financial exposure from the fraudulent claims at approximately $1557.00.
As a result of these and several additional investigations into acts of alleged insurance fraud, Troopers have successfully served warrants on 9 individuals with additional arrests forthcoming.
The warrant roundup resulted in the arrest of the following suspects on one count each of Insurance Fraud:
Brandon Jarrow, 23 year old male, New Orleans, LA
Faith Williams, 18 year old female, New Orleans, LA
Moses Barracks, 31 year old male, New Orleans, LA
Lawrinisha McFadden, 28 year old male, New Orleans, LA
Nelree Williams, 43 year old female, New Orleans, LA
Norris Livas, 23 year old male, New Orleans, LA
Temica Walker, 31 year old female, New Orleans, LA
Ashley Green, 32 year old female, New Orleans, LA - previously incarcerated when warrant served
Rennada Ramee, 27 year old female, New Orleans, LA - previously incarcerated when warrant served
The following suspects remain wanted by LSP Insurance Fraud Investigators:
Keith Robertson, 38 year old male, New Orleans, LA
Samara Egana, 29 year old female, New Orleans, LA
Archshana Young, 28 year old female, Harvey, LA
Danion Green, 37 year old male, New Orleans, LA
Tyron McClow, 39 year old male, New Orleans, LA
Albert Davidson, 64 year old male, New Orleans, LA
Ryan Clark, 30 year old male, New Orleans, LA
Colleen Brown, 34 year old female, New Orleans, LA
Eric Kenner, 35 year old male, Laplace, LA
The Louisiana State Police online reporting system can be accessed by visiting www.lsp.org and clicking the Suspicious Activity link.