- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A 50-year-old Jacksonville man has been sentenced to six years in prison for staging car crashes.

The State Attorney’s Office announced Monday that Guillermo de la Vega pleaded guilty earlier this month to two counts of participating in an intentional motor vehicle crash and two counts of false insurance claims.

The Florida Times-Union (https://bit.ly/1UQr28k ) reports authorities began investigating fraudulent person injury protection claims in 2011. They originated at a Jacksonville rehabilitation clinic that authorities say provided bogus treatment for nonexistent injuries. After the clinic received money for the treatment, officials say de la Vega paid those who participated in the fake crashes.


Information from: The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union, https://www.jacksonville.com

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