N.Y. Senate Bill Toughens Insurance Scam Penalties

NEW YORK -

A bill that passed the state Senate Wednesday would make it a felony to take part in a staged accident. Punishment would vary depending on the severity of the accident.

The bill was named for Alice Ross, 71, who was killed in 2003 when her car was intentionally struck by a vehicle.

“Alice’s Bill is such an important piece of legislation, not simply as a way to combat insurance fraud but as a matter of public safety,” Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R-Glen Head), who co-sponsored the legislation, said.

The bill has been sent to the State Assembly.