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Dead deer scam: Complex animal scheme fakes car crashes, scam totals $5M cost

A dead deer scam has recently been uncovered in the city of Philadelphia, where a total of 41 suspects are being charged with sparking a complex insurance fraud plot involving the carcasses of these animals. Prosecutors in this manipulative deer-hit case leading up to $5 million in total costs are arguing that the networked scheme would spur insurance companies to believe that the “victims” had been in a “no fault” car accident. However, the Inquisitr reports this Friday, May 30, 2014, that the entire situation was in fact nothing more than a fraud to enable these drivers to then have their claims paid without having to pay premium rates.

A scam involving dead deer is catching up to people
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The 41 accused individuals behind this dead deer scam are said to be headed by Mr. Ronald Galati Sr. of Philadelphia, who is being charged with developing intricate fake car accident schemes right out of his local auto body shop. In a plot that his family members, several nearby drivers, and even a city police officer were allegedly in on, D.A. Seth Williams announced in a statement earlier this week that Galati would discuss with “customers” how his plan worked before putting it into action.

First, they would allegedly be coached by the man on how to first call the insurance company and act as if they had been in a relatively serious car accident. Then, the scam continued with them saying that they had not actually hit a car, but rather a deer that suddenly bounded into the road, leaving the animal dead in their wake. While this may seem counterintuitive at first, making this assertion had one very important side point.

The New York Daily News reveals that in doing so, insurance companies would then be much more likely to review these accidents as “no fault” crashes, meaning that they would then be left responsible to pay the pending claims without usually raising the premiums of these “victims.” The press release noted in this dead deer scam that a potential $5 million in costs may have occurred before the law was finally able to catch on to the complex animal plot.

In order to make the fake car accidents look convincing as possible for the insurance companies, Mr. Galati and his accomplices are also said by investigative officers to have prepared bits of fur, blood, and actual deer carcasses in his shop so that he might use them as “props” for the crime.

In addition to the accusations set against Mr. Galati, both his wife and son, a number of insurance agents and tow truck drivers, and even a well-known city official as well as a police officer are thought to have been in on the complex scheme. The case continues with a grand jury presentment coming shortly in the coming weeks.

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