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New Orleans Personal Injury Attorney Pleads Guilty in Connection with Staged Accident Probe

U.S. Attorney’s Office – Eastern District of Louisiana, June 17, 2021

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – United States Attorney Duane A. Evans announced today that DANNY PATRICK KEATING, JR., age 52, of New Orleans, Louisiana, entered a plea of guilty today to Conspiracy to Commit Mail and 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 before Chief United States District Court Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown.

KEATING was the thirty-third (33rd) defendant charged in the Government’s federal probe into the intentional staging of motor vehicle accidents with tractor-trailers and commercial vehicles in the metropolitan New Orleans area. Thus far, twenty-three (23) of the thirty-three (33) indicted defendants have tendered guilty pleas in federal court.

According to today’s guilty plea, KEATING was a personal injury attorney licensed to practice law in the State of Louisiana. KEATING admitted to conspiring with Damian Labeaud and others to defraud insurance companies, commercial carriers, and trucking companies in a scheme involving intentionally staging automobile accidents.

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