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The new law is named after Alice Ross, who in 2003 was on her way to visit her daughter and grandchildren in Bellerose when her car was struck by another vehicle triggering a crash on Commonwealth Boulevard that resulted in her death.
By Forum Staff
Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Richmond Hill) on Thursday thanked Gov. Andrew Cuomo for signing “Alice’s Law,” a measure he sponsored that imposes criminal penalties on those who engage in staged accidents for the purposes of insurance fraud. The legislation creates a Class E felony for staged motor-vehicle accidents when a person intentionally causes a collision with the intent to commit a fraudulent insurance act. It also establishes a Class D felony—punishable by up to seven years in prison—for when a person commits the same crime and causes serious physical injury to another individual who was not a participant in the crime.
The law is named after Alice Ross, 71, a wife and grandmother who in 2003 was on her way to visit her daughter and grandchildren in Bellerose when her car was struck by another vehicle triggering a crash that resulted in her death. According to Cuomo, the tragedy was the result of an intentional attempt to commit auto insurance fraud by the other driver who planned to file insurance claims and receive a substantial settlement as a result of the crash.
“The signing of this legislation closes loopholes in the insurance law, adds higher penalties for those who stage auto accidents, and rightfully honors the memory of Alice Ross,” Weprin said.
The assemblyman added that these staged accidents result in phony insurance claims for fake crash injuries costing companies and their policyholders upwards of $1 billion per year.