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National Insurance Crime Bureau

New Orleans Man Pleads Guilty To Conspiring To Stage Automobile Accidents In Order To Defraud Insurance and Trucking Companies

Department of Justice – U.S. Attorney’s Office – Eastern District of Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – United States Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that DAMIAN LABEAUD (“LABEAUD”), age 48, of New Orleans, entered a plea of guilty today to Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371, arising out of staged automobile accidents with tractor-trailers occurring in New Orleans.

According to today’s guilty plea, LABEAUD, along with his co-conspirators and others, beginning at a time unknown and continuing through the present, conspired to commit wire fraud in connection with staged accidents, including two that occurred on June 6, 2017, and June 12, 2017. Previously, on January, 30, 2020 and May 28, 2020, six of LABEAUD’s codefendants (Mario Solomon, Larry Williams, Lucinda Thomas, Mary Wade, Judy Williams, and Dashontae Young) all tendered guilty pleas and admitted to their knowing participation in a scheme to stage automobile accidents in the New Orleans area in an effort to defraud insurance and trucking companies.

Today, LABEAUD admitted to acting as the driver, or “slammer,” in both the June 6 and the June 12 staged automobile accidents alleged in the Superseding Indictment. As the “slammer,” LABEAUD intentionally caused the collisions with the 18-wheeler tractor-trailers. After the accidents, LABEAUD immediately exited the vehicles in which he had staged the accidents and fled the scene with the help of a codefendant who was acting as a “spotter,” or driver of a getaway car. LABEAUD’s codefendants received a total of $43,000.00 as a result of the fraudulent lawsuits that were filed on their behalf for the June 6 and June 12 accidents.

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