(SALEM) - Two local men have been arrested for allegedly conspiring to defraud an insurance company, resulting in a company paying out thousands of dollars for a false claim.
Stephanie Taylor Ferriell of the Leader-Democrat reports that Clayton Rogers, 44, State Road 60, Pekin, was arrested Sunday by Detective Tom Meneou and Trooper Nathan Teusch, both from the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg.The arrest warrant was for one count of conspiracy to commit insurance fraud, C felony, and one count of insurance fraud, C felony. Clayton Rogers was incarcerated in the Washington County Jail.
An alleged accomplice, Robert Embrey, 35, of Horners Chapel Road in Fredericksburg, turned himself in to the Washington County Detention Center on one count of conspiracy to commit insurance fraud, C felony.
Both men's charges stem from a tip reported to the Indiana State Police by the National Insurance Crime Bureau. It was learned during the investigation by Detective Meneou that a car crash occurred between the two men arrested on Horn- ers Chapel Road in Washington County in early October 2011.
At the time of the original crash, Rogers, allegedly did not have insurance or proper license plates on the vehicle he was driving, a Chevrolet Blazer. The two men allegedly agreed to not call the police and leave the scene to allow Rogers time to obtain insurance and proper license plates before the crash was reported.
Approximately one week after the original crash, both men allegedly staged a car crash with the same vehicles, at the same location, and reported it to the Washington County Sheriff's Department. When the Washington County Sheriff's Department arrived to work the crash scene both men reported it as just happening. An official crash report was taken with the false information.
After Meneou completed his investigation it was turned over to the Washington County Prosecutor, resulting in the arrests of both men. The insurance company paid over $9,000 on the alleged staged crash.
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