Pierre Jeudy, 56, of Norwich, pleaded guilty on Thursday before U.S. District Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer in New Haven to one count of wire fraud stemming from his involvement in an insurance fraud scheme.
According to court document and statements made in court, between April 2011 and February 2014, Jeudy and others participated in a scheme to stage approximately 50 car crashes in eastern Connecticut for the purpose of defrauding automobile insurance companies and enriching themselves. A high percentage of these planned crashed were single-vehicle accidents on remote roads where there were no witnesses other than the occupants of the crashed vehicle. After each staged accident, the defendants filed fraudulent property damage and bodily injury claims from the victim insurance companies. These payouts typically ranged from $10,000 to about $30,000 per accident.
In pleading guilty, Jeudy admitted his personal involvement in a staged automobile crash in Norwich on October 22, 2013.
Judge Meyer scheduled sentencing for November 29, 2016, at which time Juedy faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years.