Fraud week II: caught on camera

Yesterday we posted about the North Carolina man who prosecutors say had the poor judgment to post YouTube videos of his staged crashes. It is continually surprising that people keep right on posting YouTube videos of themselves doing things inconsistent with their disability or injury claims. Don’t they expect anyone to watch? As for persons intending to commit claims fraud in stores, many appear entirely unaware that there are security cameras there to catch them doing things like “carefully positioning the spills on which they intended to slip.”

Dashcam videos are a genre to themselves, and popular compilations abound (Russia is a leader in the field) of footage of spectacular accidents, poor driving and road hazards as seen from the front of a speeding car. One reason dashcams are popular in many countries (often more so than here) is that they serve to document accident fault, including deliberately caused or simulated accidents. This American video (by a company promoting sale of its dashcams) gives a flavor.


  • Defending an injury case against NYC, investigators filmed the supposedly injured person strolling briskly up to a drug dealer in the Bronx, making a purchase, and strolling away. The video was amusing to watch, but had little effect on the value of the case, given the venue.

  • I googled for deaths during vehicular staged accidents/auto fraud and, to my surprise, easily found dozens of cases.

    Even more surprising were the light sentences; typically 1.5 to 2.5 years. And this is when a death is involved!

    You wonder why there’s no outrage from people about this! No calls for judge recalls or petitions….