A Louisiana lady pled responsible to Conspiracy to Commit Mail Fraud arising out of a staged vehicle accident with a tractor-trailer occurring in New Orleans, making her the thirtieth responsible plea in “Operation Sideswipe.”
Donisha Lee, age 30, admitted that on Sept. 6, 2017, on the I-10 close to the Almonaster exit, she was a passenger in Erica Lee’s 2015 RAV4 being pushed by their former co-defendant, when he deliberately crashedinto a tractor-trailer owned by Averitt Specific.
After the staged accident, the driving force exited the RAV4 and informed Erica Lee to get behind the wheel of the RAV4 to make it seem that Erica Lee was driving the car on the time of the staged accident.
The defendants contacted the New Orleans Police Division and falsely claimed that Erica Lee was the driving force on the time of the collision. Passenger A falsely claimed to the NOPD that she was Thompson.
In line with the U.S. Division of Justice, roughly one or two days after the staged accident, Coleman, Donisha Lee, Donreion Lee, Erica Lee and Thompson went to an lawyer’s workplace for the aim of amassing cash from the insurance coverage and trucking firm.
Coleman, Donisha Lee, Donreion Lee, Erica Lee and Thompson sought medical remedy from docs and healthcare suppliers. Thompson was handled regardless of not being within the RAV4 on the time of the staged accident. Donisha Lee retained counsel and made a declare for damages. The whole settlement for the Averitt accident was roughly $30,000.
On March 26, 2019, Donisha Lee , Coleman and Donreion Lee every offered false testimony in depositions taken at the side of the Thompson Lawsuit.
On April 9, 2019, Thompson offered false testimony in a deposition taken at the side of the Thompson Lawsuit.
In these depositions, Donisha Lee, Coleman, Donreion Lee,and Thompson lied concerning the Sept. 6, 2017 accident together with, however not restricted to, who was driving the RAV4 and the extent of their accidents.
Donisha Lee faces a most sentence of 5 years of incarceration. Upon launch from jail, Lee faces a time period of supervised launch as much as three years, and/or a nice of $250,000 or the larger of twice the gross achieve to every defendant or twice the gross loss to any particular person underneath Title 18, United States Code, Part 3571. Additionally, Lee should pay a $100 obligatory particular evaluation charge at sentencing. United States District Decide Sarah S. Vance scheduled the sentencing listening to for April 27, 2022.
Coleman beforehand pleaded responsible in August 2021 to Conspiracy to Commit Mail Fraud. Coleman faces a most sentence of 5 years of incarceration. Upon launch from jail, Coleman faces a time period of supervised launch as much as three years, and/or a nice of $250,000 or the larger of twice the gross achieve to the defendant or twice the gross loss to any particular person underneath Title 18, United States Code, Part 3571, and a compulsory $100 particular evaluation charge.
In September 2021, seven extra defendants had been charged within the federal probe, bringing the entire variety of defendants to 40.
Final January, a New Orleans man who served as a spotter in no less than two staged automobile accidents was sentenced to 21 months imprisonment adopted by three years supervised launch.
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