Louisiana State Police arrest 8 and are searching for 3 in connection with staged crash investigation
LAFAYETTE PARISH, La. -- Detectives with Louisiana State Police Insurance Fraud Unit have broken up a criminal staged crash ring, that placed several children in danger, landed eight people in jail and detectives searching for and additional three people, Tfc. TFC. Stephen Hammons of Troop I public affairs reported Tuesday.
Hammons reported the following.
In February 2012, Lafayette Field Office Insurance Fraud detectives received information from the Louisiana Department of Insurance about crashes which occurred in the Lafayette Parish area. Early indications pointed toward the fact that the crashes may have been staged; and that the occupants of the vehicles may have defrauded insurance companies out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
In the initial stages of their investigation, detectives learned that the crashes in question were staged from September of 2011 through May of 2012 totaling three crashes. While reviewing the crash reports, detectives found that six children, ranging in ages from 1 year old to 13 years old, were among the occupants in the various vehicles. Two of the crashes involved a total of eight people, including children, while one crash involved a total of ten people.
As the investigation continued detectives learned that 43-year-old Farice Daigle Jr. of Arnaudville was present at one of the crash scenes; however, information gathered showed that Daigle coordinated and arranged the crashes. For his part, Daigle was paid a portion of each individual’s settlement from the insurance claims.
Each adult involved in the crash filed separate fraudulent bodily injury claims for themselves and the children for which they were responsible. In all, the total amount of money fraudulently obtained by the group was over $112,000.00.
On Friday, June 21, 2013, Detectives located Daigle in Lafayette and arrested him without incident. He was booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center for warrants charging him with insurance fraud (3 counts), theft over $500 (3 counts), child endangerment (2 counts) and money laundering (2 counts.) Daigle remains in jail on a $500,000 bond.
Today, the following individuals were arrested for warrants in relation to this case:
Chase Joseph 24-years-old of Lafayette, One count each of insurance fraud, theft over $500 and child endangerment
Chelsie Chevalier 21-years-old of Baton Rouge, One count each of insurance fraud and theft over $500
Candice Alex 27-years-old of Carencro, One count each of insurance fraud, theft over $500 and child endangerment
Cherita Washington 24-years-old of Opelousas, One count each of insurance fraud, theft over $500 and child endangerment
Gregory Hayes 29-years-old of Opelousas, Two counts each of insurance fraud, theft over $500 and one count of child endangerment
Angel Broussard 21-years-old of Baton Rouge, One count each of insurance fraud and theft over $500
Jamie Ceasar 32-years-old of Opelousas, One count of insurance fraud
Kendall Traller 24-years-old of Lafayette, One count each of insurance fraud, theft over $500 and conspiracy to commit child endangerment
All of these individuals have been booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center without incident.
The following individuals have active warrants for arrest in connection with this case:
Courtney Thierry 27-years-old of Opelousas, is wanted for one count each of insurance fraud and theft over $500
Niiya Sanders 24-years-old of Laplace, is wanted for one count each of insurance fraud and theft over $500
Seth Daigle 27-years-old of Opelousas, is wanted for one count each of insurance fraud and theft over $500
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of any of these individuals is asked to call Louisiana State Police at 337-262-3341.
Detectives were assisted throughout their investigation by State Police Troop I, St. Landry Sheriff’s Office, Opelousas Police Department, Lafayette Police Department, Scott Police Department, FBI Lafayette Field Office, Lafayette Sheriff’s Office and the St. Martin Sheriff’s Office.