Former NFL player fails to juke authorities in staged collision scheme
News: 2016 Press Release
RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Former Kansas City Chiefs' wide receiver Jeffery Leon Webb, 34, of Indio, was arrested on multiple felony counts after orchestrating four staged collisions resulting in a total loss exceeding $139,000.
"California is ground zero for staged auto collisions," said Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. "Organized crime rings are responsible for the majority of staged collisions, which are costly to insurers and consumers. The multi-agency Urban Grant Task Force is one of our most effective weapons in eradicating these crimes."
Webb and eight co-conspirators were allegedly involved in four staged collisions resulting in $70,000 in fraudulent claims and a total potential loss of $139,000. Webb, as the ringleader, received a bulk of the money paid by the victim insurance companies.
After one of the targeted insurance companies suspected fraud, the California Department of Insurance launched an investigation revealing that the organized ring used both privately owned and rental vehicles that they purchased insurance coverage for and purposefully crashed into poles or curbs. Although the collisions only resulted in minor damage to the vehicle, Webb and the co-conspirators all requested medical assistance and to be transported.
The Riverside County District Attorney's office is prosecuting this case.
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- Victim insurance companies include, Progressive, York Risk Services Group, Rental Insurance Services, and Hertz Claim Management.
- The Urban Grant Task Force is a multi-agency team funded to investigate and prosecute auto fraud and includes the Department of Insurance, District Attorneys, California Highway Patrol and local law enforcement agencies.
The California Department of Insurance, established in 1868, is the largest consumer protection agency in California. Insurers collect $310 billion in premiums annually in California. Since 2011 the California Department of Insurance received more than 1,000,000 calls from consumers and helped recover over $469 million in claims and premiums. Please visit the Department of Insurance website at www.insurance.ca.gov. Non-media inquiries should be directed to the Consumer Hotline at 800.927.4357. Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf (TDD), please dial 800.482.4833.