Utah woman encouraged people in car accidents to fake injuries, charges state

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SALT LAKE CITY — A Herriman woman who prosecutors say encouraged people involved in car accidents to say they were injured even when they weren’t hurt now faces a felony charge.

Beatriz Eugenia Cuartas Porras, 28, was charged Tuesday by the Utah Attorney General’s Office in 3rd District Court with criminal solicitation, a third-degree felony.

In November 2019 and in May, the Utah Insurance Fraud Division received reports of Porras placing advertisements on her personal Facebook page telling people to call her “if they needed help covering costs from an accident,” according to charging documents.

In March, an undercover investigator contacted Porras under the guise that he had been in an accident.

“(Porras) explained the insurance of the car that caused the accident would pay for everything including, the damage, the attorneys, and the chiropractor,” the charges state.

The investigator told Porras that he was not injured.

“(She) responded it did not matter and asked him if he was inside the car. After confirming he was in the car when the accident happened, (Porras) explained even though he did not feel anything, over time he would feel it, such as pain in his spine or wherever. (She) stated everything was legal,” the charges state.

She told the investigator to go to a chiropractor and attorney located at the Latino Mall in West Valley City, according to the charges.

In August, an undercover investigator contacted Porras under the guise of being in an accident and not being able to get the other driver to pay for the damage, according to charging documents. Porras also directed him to see the chiropractor at the Latino Mall even though the undercover investigators said he did not believe he was injured.

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“(Porras) told (the investigator) to tell the attorney and chiropractor that he had pain in his spine and head. (She) explained in detail the process involving the attorneys and chiropractor and the other person’s insurance,” the charges state. “During the phone interactions with (Porras), she made it abundantly clear an insurance claim for injuries would be pursued, despite being told there were no injuries felt.”

When questioned by police, Porras admitted she was being paid by the chiropractor to bring in clients, the charges state.

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Source:: Deseret News – Utah News


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