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41 people charged in dead deer insurance scam

Published On: May 30 2014 10:37:56 AM CDT   Updated On: May 30 2014 10:20:59 AM CDT
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Forty-one people are facing charges in an elaborate insurance fraud scheme that used dead deer to fake car accidents.

Prosecutors in Philadelphia say that Ronald Galati Sr. ran a $5 million scam out of his auto body shop, reports The Associated Press.

Galati allegedly coached customers to claim they'd struck a deer rather than a car. That way, insurance companies would consider them "no fault" accidents and pay the claims without raising the customers' premiums.

Deer blood, carcasses and fur were found in the back of his shop to use as props.

Prosecutors say that Galati's wife, son and daughter, several insurance adjusters, tow truck drivers, a city official and a police officer were also charged.

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