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Connecticut trucking company owner charged with fraud

The owner of a Bloomfield, CT, trucking company whose truck was involved in a deadly wreck in July was charged with insurance fraud and attempted larceny in a Connecticut court Wednesday, Nov. 2.

The Hartford Courant reported that both company owner David Wilcox and his wife, Donna, were hit with the charges, which claim that the couple attempted to restore liability insurance coverage to the truck involved in the July 29 crash after the fact.

Donna Wilcox was the office manager for American Crushing & Recycling, which owned the truck that slammed into more than a dozen cars parked at a stoplight and killed four people, including the driver of the truck.

If convicted, the couple could face up to 45 years in prison.

The state attorney general’s investigation claims that following the crash on the morning of July 29, David Wilcox allegedly instructed his wife to call Webster Insurance – the company’s insurance carrier – and get liability coverage reinstated on the truck involved in the crash retroactive to July 1.

The company had canceled liability coverage on all of its trucks in January.

The Courant reported that once the coverage was reinstated, David Wilcox allegedly called the insurance company and reported the accident. Donna Wilcox allegedly told the company she had no knowledge of the accident when she reinstated the coverage.

Meanwhile, Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell has signed a measure into law that makes it a Class D felony for the owner of a commercial vehicle to knowingly and willingly operate it without insurance. The punishment is up to five years in prison and $5,000 in fines.

The law also requires truck owners to file evidence of insurance with the state Department of Transportation every six months.
 
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