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FIVE DEFENDANTS SENTENCED FOR AUTO ACCIDENT INSURANCE FRAUD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 15, 2013

SHREVEPORT, La. United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that five defendants were sentenced on Wednesday and Thursday by U.S. District Judge S. Maurice Hicks Jr. for their roles in a staged accident insurance scheme.  The defendants pleaded guilty July 15, 2013.

Larry Kimble, 33, of Athens, La., was sentenced to 13 months in prison and three years of supervised release for conspiracy and wire fraud. He was also ordered to pay $7,463 in restitution.

Bobby Lee Kimble, 42, of Athens, La., was sentenced to 14 months in prison and three years of supervised release for conspiracy, wire fraud, and health care fraud.

Joe Abbott, 54, of Arcadia, La., was sentenced to four months in prison and three years of supervised release for conspiracy, mail fraud, and health care fraud.

Marcus Kimble, 30, of Arcadia, La., was sentenced to one day in prison, time served, and three years of supervised release for conspiracy, wire fraud, and health care fraud.

Monica Jenkins, 25, of Athens, La., was sentenced to five years of probation for conspiracy, mail fraud, and health care fraud.

The members of the ring conspired to stage automobile accidents and submit fraudulent claims to various insurance companies for bodily injury and property damage.  The “Kimble Ring,” was composed of family, friends and associates who staged two automobile rear-end collisions, single automobile collisions with trees, and false hit-and-run claims.  The false claims were filed for accidents occurring in Bienville Parish, Ruston, La., Athens, La., and Claiborne Parish between December 2007 and March 2008.

Sentencing of co-defendant Damario Henderson, 29, of Homer, La., who is charged with conspiracy and health care fraud, has been delayed until December 18, 2013.

“The consumers pay the ultimate price through higher costs and premiums when fraudulent schemes like this are carried out,” Finley stated. “This group was motivated by greed, and their goal was to get as much money as possible by defrauding insurance companies out of thousands of dollars. Their actions placed unnecessary burdens on the local insurance system, causing money and time to be misspent on the false claims.  This office will continue to prosecute these types of cases to the fullest extent of the law.”

The Louisiana State Police investigated the case.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Earl M. Campbell prosecuted the case.

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