Russian man sentenced in car crash scam

Apr 14, 2013 -- 12:00pm


- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A Russian man will serve a year in federal prison and be deported for fraudulently staging car crashes and collecting insurance payments. Federal prosecutors say 26-year-old Rustem Mukhametshin carried out the scam at remote Anchorage locations to minimize witnesses. The Anchorage Daily News reports Mukhametshin came to the United States in 2007 on a student visa. He bought cars that had been judged as demolished, and after making minimal repairs, would stage a crash and claim insurance. He was arrested in October. He pleaded guilty to four counts of wire fraud in January and was sentenced last week.

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