New York Daily News, Molly Crane-Newman, December 9, 2020
At least a dozen people in New Rochelle and the Bronx were indicted Wednesday in a cunning car fraud scheme to collect insurance by strategically smashing vehicles and submitting big-buck bills while scrimping on the actual repairs, prosecutors said. The two-year investigation dubbed “Operation Sledgehammer” led to charges against nine individuals and five body shop businesses in Westchester County and the north Bronx, prosecutors said. The defendants were part of a fraud ring named Jawahir Enterprise, authorities said.
According to prosecutors, ring members between May 2019 and March intentionally made damaged cars even worse when they were brought into body shops — sometimes with the owner’s knowledge, sometimes without, said prosecutors.