In 1982 a 1965 Shelby GT-350 Mustang owned by a young Marine stationed at Cherry Point, North Carolina was stolen. The Marine soon deployed and never saw that car again—until 2007 when an NICB agent contacted him with news that his Mustang was located in Maryland.
In the intervening years since it was stolen, the Mustang's true identity—its vehicle identification number (VIN)—had been professionally altered and matched with a fraudulent title. It was then sold to an unsuspecting buyer who eventually put a new $12,000 Shelby engine in it.
The duped owner was contacted in 2007 by the Maryland State Police and an NICB special agent asking to inspect his Shelby. As you can imagine, he was absolutely dazed when they informed him that his prized possession was, in fact, stolen property.
That young Marine from 1982—now a professional airline pilot—was overjoyed when he was notified that his dream car had been recovered and was in excellent condition. And in a classy gesture of goodwill—he was not legally required to do so—the pilot gave the former owner a check for $12,000 for the engine.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office and the National Insurance Crime Bureau announced the results of a five month investigation involving staged vehicle crashes and insurance fraud in Hillsborough County.
"Operation No Pain No Gain" has resulted in arrest warrants for 53 people, and search warrants at four medical clinics in Hillsborough County. The suspects include clinic owners and managers as well as general employees, massage therapists and participants in staged crashes.
During the last five months the estimated loss to insurance companies due to fraudulent claims from the staged crashes is estimated in the millions.