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Gibson Woman Sentenced In Staged Automobile Collision Scheme

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA United States Attorney Duane A. Evans announced today that FLORENCE RANDLE (“F. RANDLE”), age 72, of Gibson, Louisiana, was sentenced on December 13, 2023 after previously pleading guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Mail Fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371.

According to court records, F. RANDLE recruited and directed passengers to participate in staged automobile collisions with tractor-trailers on May 17, 2017 and June 6, 2017. The passengers in these collisions filed fraudulent lawsuits that falsely claimed the tractor-trailers were at fault. F. RANDLE, and her co-conspirators, coordinated with others, including attorney, Patrick Keating, to arrange the staged collisions.  

U.S. District Court Judge Jane Triche Milazzo sentenced RANDLE to serve 24 months of probation. RANDLE was ordered to pay  $63,508.00 in restitution and a mandatory special assessment fee of $100.00.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office would like to acknowledge the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Louisiana State Police, and the Metropolitan Crime Commission with this matter. The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Maria M. Carboni, Brian M. Klebba, Chief of the Financial Crimes Unit, Assistant U.S. Attorneys’ Maria M. Carboni, Edward Rivera, and former Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon S. Long, all of the Financial Crimes Unit.


Shane M. Jones

Public Information Officer

United States Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana

United States Department of Justice

Updated December 20, 2023

Financial Fraud