Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R,I,C – Glen Head) helped yesterday to pass his co-sponsored legislation punishing those who stage accidents in order to commit insurance fraud. Currently, criminals are costing policyholders and insurers an estimated $1 billion annually by staging accidents and filing fraudulent insurance claims. “Alice’s Bill,” as the legislation is known, is named for 71-year-old Alice Ross, who was killed in a staged automobile accident in 2003.
“Alice’s Bill is such an important piece of legislation, not simply as a way to combat insurance fraud, but as a matter of public safety,” said Montesano. “Women and elderly drivers are often the unwitting targets of these staged accidents. As we’ve seen in the tragic events that took Alice Ross’ life, these accidents can be fatal.”
“I’m pleased my colleagues in the Assembly took action to protect our streets and our residents by passing Alice’s Bill. By making staged automobile accidents a felony, those putting vulnerable people at risk and seeking to abuse the insurance system will be held accountable.”