NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – United States Lawyer Duane A. Evans introduced currently that DANNY PATRICK KEATING, JR., age 52, of New Orleans, Louisiana, entered a plea of responsible currently to Conspiracy to Dedicate Mail and Wire Fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Area 371, arising out of staged automobile mishaps with tractor-trailers transpiring in New Orleans in advance of Chief United States District Courtroom Decide Nannette Jolivette Brown.
KEATING was the thirty-3rd (33rd) defendant charged in the Government’s federal probe into the intentional staging of motor automobile incidents with tractor-trailers and commercial motor vehicles in the metropolitan New Orleans location. So considerably, 20-a few (23) of the thirty-three (33) indicted defendants have tendered responsible pleas in federal court.
According to today’s responsible plea, KEATING was a personal damage attorney accredited to observe regulation in the State of Louisiana. KEATING admitted to conspiring with Damian Labeaud and other individuals to defraud insurance coverage organizations, professional carriers, and trucking organizations in a scheme involving intentionally staging car incidents.
Labeaud referred staged mishaps to KEATING and other New Orleans own damage attorneys for $1,000.00 for each passenger for accidents involving tractor-trailers and $500.00 for each passenger for mishaps not involving tractor-trailers. KEATING highly developed Labeaud 1000’s of bucks for these mishaps and instructed Labeaud that he owed KEATING a selected quantity of mishaps primarily based on the total of dollars advanced. For occasion, on July 17, 2017, KEATING gave Labeaud $15,000.00 so Labeaud could purchase a $15,000.00 Chase Bank cashier’s examine to obtain Mario Solomon’s truck.On top of that, on September 25, 2017, KEATING wrote a $17,000.00 test to himself for “advertising” and utilized the proceeds to invest in a $17,000.00 cashier’s verify payable to Labeaud. The Indictment alleges KEATING paid out Labeaud another $12,500.00 in checks for the duration of the thirty day period of June 2017.
KEATING admitted he knowingly paid Labeaud for thirty-just one (31) illegally staged tractor-trailer mishaps. KEATING represented seventy-seven (77) plaintiffs associated in the thirty-a single (31) incidents staged by Labeaud. KEATING settled seventeen (17) of the 30-just one (31) staged incidents. The Indictment billed that KEATING and his consumers acquired roughly $1,500,000.00 in settlement ensuing from his representation of his clientele associated in the staged incidents and that KEATING saved close to $358,000.00 in attorney’s costs.
KEATING admitted he filed lawsuits in condition and federal court in Louisiana on behalf of his clients who ended up included in the staged incidents. The lawsuits filed on behalf of the seventy-seven (77) plaintiffs fraudulently alleged who was driving the cars, misrepresented who was at fault in the staged incidents, and falsely claimed accidents. KEATING made use of the U.S Postal Support to mail settlement requires on behalf of his customers who had been included in staged mishaps from the Eastern District of Louisiana to various out-of-point out places. In numerous scenarios, purchasers of KEATING presented untrue testimony in depositions taken in conjunction with lawsuits submitted by KEATING.
KEATING faces a utmost expression of 5 (5) years imprisonment, a great of $250,000.00 or 2 times the gross gain to the defendant or two times the gross loss to any human being of the offense beneath Title 18, United States Code, Section 3571. In addition, KEATING faces a phrase of supervised launch up to a few (3) several years soon after his release from prison. Sentencing in this matter is scheduled for January 20, 2021, right before Main United States District Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown.
“Fraud, irrespective of its scope and signifies of orchestration, is a major crime. Especially egregious is fraud dedicated from the hardworking taxpayer by a member of our lawful neighborhood, explained U.S. Attorney of the Japanese District of Louisiana Duane A. Evans.” This responsible plea sends a very clear information that our office, together with our area, state, and federal partners, will keep on to vigorously examine and prosecute all these types of corruption instances no matter of position.
“Today’s guilty plea sends a very clear information to people who select to engage in fraudulent schemes that grossly influence car and well being insurance coverage industries. They will be held accountable. Mr. Patrick Keating, a neighborhood legal professional, took an oath to uphold the United States Structure and the regulations of the Condition of Louisiana, but as a substitute, violated people legal guidelines and his oath in buy to unjustly enrich himself by partaking in a plan which resulted in the filing of fraudulent automobile and medical insurance coverage statements,” stated Distinctive Agent in Cost Douglas Williams, Jr. ”I would like to thank the U.S. Attorney’s Place of work of Jap District of Louisiana, Louisiana Point out Police, and the Metropolitan Crime Fee for their partnership and superb work accomplished all through this investigation.”
The U.S. Attorney’s Workplace would also like to admit the guidance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Louisiana Point out Law enforcement, and the Metropolitan Crime Commission with this make any difference. The prosecution of this situation is currently being handled by Assistant U.S. Legal professional Brian M. Klebba, Chief of the Monetary Crimes Device Assistant U.S. Lawyer Edward Rivera Assistant U.S. Lawyer Shirin Hakimzadeh and Assistant U.S. Lawyer Maria Carboni.
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Solomon was a spotter who worked with Labeaud in staging auto mishaps. Solomon pled guilty on May 28, 2020, and was sentenced on January 22, 2021.