CENTRAL ISLIP - Eight Long Islanders are accused of faking car accidents to collect insurance claims.
According to a 14-count indictment, the suspects allegedly staged crashes using a rented U-Haul and then falsely claimed they were injured over the span of two years. Prosecutors also say they apparently stole from Geico, Travelers and Allstate among other companies.
Roshon Cooke, Shawnn McFadden, Daniel Osborne, Daniel Thompson, Allah Brown, Byron Dudley, Shaquana Basnight and Clifford Hawkins have been named in the case.
If convicted, each suspect faces 20 years in prison, forfeiture of more than $1 million and a $250,000 fine.