Man Gets 4 Years in Prison for Staging Crashes in Fraud Scam - NBC Connecticut

Man Gets 4 Years in Prison for Staging Crashes in Fraud Scam

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    Man Gets 4 Years in Prison for Staging Crashes in Fraud Scam
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    NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: A view of "Handcuffs" by Ai Weiwei at the UNITAS 2nd annual gala against human trafficking at Capitale on September 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for UNITAS)

    A Haitian man who federal prosecutors said was the ringleader of an auto insurance scam involving as many as 50 staged car crashes in southeastern Connecticut has been sentenced to four years in prison. 

    Mackenzy Noze, 33, was sentenced Monday in federal court in New Haven. A jury convicted him of nine fraud charges in June. 

    Officials said Noze, who last lived in Norwich, is a lawful permanent U.S. resident who had been living in Norwich and will face immigration proceedings after serving his prison time. 

    Authorities said Noze and a handful of other people staged the crashes in several towns between 2011 and 2014. After each accident, they fraudulently collected $6,500 to $30,000 in insurance payouts. 

    Noze's lawyer did not immediately return messages seeking comment. 

    Six other people involved in the scam were convicted.