- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 10, 2016

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut man has pleaded guilty to his role in a scheme that involved staging car crashes to defraud automobile insurance companies.

Connecticut U.S. Attorney Deirdre M. Daly says Frandy Dugue, of Norwich, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of wire fraud.

Prosecutors say the 39-year-old Dugue conspired with others to stage approximately 50 car crashes in eastern Connecticut between April 2011 and February 2014 for the purpose of defrauding car insurance companies. Dugue and his co-defendants would file fraudulent property damage and bodily injury claims with various companies following each crash.

Prosecutors say Dugue and others collected $10,000 to $30,000 per crash.

Scheduling is sentenced for Nov. 1. Dugue faces a maximum term of 20 years in prison.

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