Former SFPD Sergeant Helps Bust Insurance Scam

Superintendent of Insurance Howard Mills, Monroe County District Attorney Michael C. Green and Monroe County Sheriff Patrick O’Flynn today jointly announced the charging of two individuals with insurance fraud and other crimes related to staged accidents after an investigation led by former Seneca Falls Police Department Sergeant Gary S. Sullivan.”I would like to commend and congratulate everyone involved in this joint investigation,” said Superintendent Mills. “Without the coordination of these various government entities working in partnership, New York State would not be nearly as successful as we have been in rooting out insurance fraud. These are dangerous crimes that cost taxpayers a tremendous amount of money, and today’s announcement is a clear demonstration that we will not tolerate these crimes in our communities.”Lt. William Saunders of the New York State Police Special Investigations Unit said, “This case is a prime example of the diversity and quality of the investigative scope of the task force. When most people think of auto crimes, they think of stolen cars. When they think of insurance fraud, they think of what we call ‘owner give-ups’ for the insurance money. And the latest scheme of fraudulently staging automobile accidents continues to be a growing concern. People should know that we have a very experienced and accomplished group of investigators in this task force who work very closely with other agencies, businesses, and citizens.” Saunders added, “We also remind motorists that if they’re ever in an accident, they should immediately call the police and make a report.”Monroe County District Attorney Michael C. Green said, “Cooperation among law enforcement agencies is vital in eradicating crimes such as these. The case before us today is a perfect example of the success that comes from working together. I would like to commend all the individuals from the various agencies that helped bring about this success.”Monroe County Sheriff Patrick O’Flynn said, “We are proud to work so closely with the New York State Insurance Department, Monroe County District Attorney’s Office, NY State Police, the Rochester Police and the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles.”In March 2006, the Rochester office of the New York State Insurance Department Frauds Bureau received a suspected staged accident fraud referral from the Republic Western Insurance Company Special Investigations Unit concerning a suspicious motor vehicle accident that occurred on November 20, 2005 in the Town of Henrietta. Republic Western Insurance Company is the insurance carrier for UHaul rental trucks. Republic Western stated that on November 20, 2005, Thomas W. Boyde IV reported he was driving his vehicle in the Town of Henrietta when it was rear-ended by a UHaul truck being driven by Alexandra Ressis. Boyde and Ressis reported that they did not know one another, but Republic Western’s investigation revealed that they had been romantically involved for many years. Republic Western further reported that Boyde was involved in two other accidents involving UHaul trucks. One such accident occurred on June 6, 2002, during which he claimed that a UHaul truck struck two of his parked vehicles. In the second, on July 23, 2005, Boyde claimed that another UHaul truck struck and damaged to one of his vehicles.Subsequent to the referral, the Insurance Frauds Bureau, Rochester office, under the supervision of Senior Investigator Gary S. Sullivan commenced a criminal investigation. The arrests and charges announced today are a result of a joint investigation conducted by the Monroe County Auto Crimes Task Force which is comprised of members of the New York State Insurance Frauds Bureau, Monroe County District Attorney’s Office, Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police Auto Theft Unit, Rochester Police Auto Theft Unit and NYS Department of Motor Vehicles Criminal Investigation Unit.The investigation revealed that Boyde, of 742 Eastbrooke Lane, Rochester, New York, the operator of an escort service, acted as the ring-leader of small group of female associates, including Ms. Ressis, who would stage motor vehicle accidents in order to collect insurance money. The investigation centered around 13 fraudulent motor vehicle accident insurance claims that netted Boyde and Ressis more than $50,000.00. In some cases, Boyde reported that while he was driving one of his vehicles it was struck by either a UHaul or Budget rental truck that was being driven by one of his associates. In other cases, he would be driving one of his vehicles and would suddenly slam on his brakes causing unsuspecting drivers behind him to crash into the rear of his car.Charged were:Thomas W. Boyde IV, DOB: 02/25/62742 Eastbrooke Lane, Rochester, New YorkCharges: 22 felonies which include, insurance fraud, grand larceny, falsifying business recordsBoyde was arrested on 10/23/06 and was arraigned before T/O Henrietta Justice Kopacki and committed to the Monroe County Jail without bail.Alexandra Ressis, DOB: 09/04/66742 Eastbrooke Lane, Rochester, New YorkCharges: 6 felonies which include insurance fraud and grand larcenyRessis was arrested on 10/24/06 and was arraigned before T/O Henrietta Justice Kopacki and released on her own recognizance to reappear at a later date. The carriers that were being defrauded were: Republic Western Insurance Company, Allstate, GMAC, GEICO, Budget Truck Rental, and the Robert Plan. The case is being prosecuted by the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office by Assistant District Attorneys Matthew Rich and Kelley Provo of the County Court Bureau, under the supervision of Special Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Whitman, Bureau Chief.The investigation is ongoing.

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