Lawmakers Call For Passage Of Alice’s Law
It’s been nearly a decade since 71-year-old Queens grandmother, Alice Ross, lost her life in a phony traffic accident staged by con artists who filed and collected a fraudulent insurance payout on the crash.
Although Ross died as a result of the March 2003 accident, her memory lives on in a bill currently under review by the state Assembly.
Assemblymember David Weprin last week joined with members of the activist group, New Yorkers Stand Against Auto Insurance Fraud (NYSAIF) at the site of the 2003 accident to call for passage of Alice’s Law, legislation that would mandate stiff penalties for anyone convicted of staging a motor vehicle accident.
Under the law, anyone caught staging an accident to collect an insurance payment would automatically be charged with a D felony and would face up to seven years in prison, if convicted.
Alice’s Law was first proposed in 2007 but failed to receive backing by a majority of lawmakers. The proposed measure again failed to garner approval after it was fine-tuned and reintroduced to the Assembly in 2011.
The bill was reintroduced this year and has so far received the backing of 14 state Assemblymembers, including Astoria lawmaker Aravela Simotas.
Weprin described the measure as an essential tool for prosecutors and police, who routinely arrest insurance scammers that fail to serve any significant time behind bars.