Rio Grande Fire Official Facing Charges For Fake Accident Claim
Pro Tip: If you're going to try to get a leg up over your insurance company or the authorities after an accident, be prepared to face some major consequences. In other words, insurance fraud is bad. So is a false claim to the police.
You're probably reading this and saying to yourself "yeah, no duh". Well, that lesson is currently being learned by a fire prevention official in Cape May County. NJ.com reports that an official associated with the Rio Grande Fire Prevention and Inspection Bureau is facing charges after reporting a false accident claim which stated that the government vehicle in his possession was involved in a hit-and-run.
Daniel DeSimone stated in his original claim that the vehicle had been hit while parked in a parking lot. Investigators have now come to find out, however, that what really happened is shaping up to be a different story entirely. Apparently, the commission-owned Chevy Tahoe was in an accident after a meeting with the Rio Grande Fire Department a day before the claim was filed.
To make a long story short, the authorities are claiming the hit-and-run never happened. The Cape May County Prosecutor told NJ.com that DeSimone could be in some serious trouble. The guy obviously didn't want a moving violation on his record, so he reported the hit-and-run a day after the real accident to avoid that. However, prosecutor Jeffrey Sutherland says that Desimone could be a facing a charge of the fourth degree, so which situation is worse? Clearly, DeSimone didn't think the ordeal would come to this point, but here we are.
Moral of the story: don't try to cover up accident fault. It hardly ever works out.