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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Washington

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 17, 2019

Nevada Man Sentenced to 10 Months in Federal Prison for His Role in Staged Accident Scheme

Henderson, Nevada Man Sentenced in Federal Court

Spokane – William D. Hyslop, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that Randy Carl Sharp, age 40, of Henderson, Nevada, was sentenced after having pleaded guilty on July 17, 2019, to one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, and one count of mail fraud. Chief United States District Judge Thomas O. Rice sentenced Sharp to a 10-month term of imprisonment, to be followed by a 3-year term of court supervision after he is released from federal prison. Chief Judge Rice also ordered Sharp to pay restitution in the amount of $77,000 and forfeiture of $77,000.

According to information disclosed during court proceedings, between September 2013, and November 2017, Sharp was involved in two phony automobile accidents in Henderson, Nevada, that defrauded insurance companies out of $527,967. Sharp played “injured victim” in one of the phony accidents and “at fault” driver in another.

United States Attorney Hyslop said, “Staged accident automobile insurance fraud is not a victimless crime. It affects every driver, as fraud causes insurance rates to increase. It also distracts police and medical personnel from responding to legitimate distress calls. I commend the FBI, IRS Criminal Investigation and U.S. Marshals Service for their outstanding work investigating this case.”

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, U.S. Marshals Service and U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Washington Criminal Healthcare Fraud Investigator, with assistance from the National Insurance Crime Bureau. This case was prosecuted by George J.C. Jacobs, III, and Brian

Donovan, Assistant United States Attorneys for the Eastern District of Washington.

Topic(s): 
Health Care Fraud
Press Release Number: 
2:18-CR-00232-TOR-22
Updated October 17, 2019