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Guilty verdicts against 3 for auto insurance fraud

SALEM, Mass. — A Superior Court jury this morning returned guilty verdicts on all charges against the three defendants in the auto insurance fraud trial in which fake car crashes were arranged for money.

The verdict comes on the first day the start of the sixth week of the trial in Superior Court before Judge Howard Whitehead.

The jury of nine men and three woman had deliberated for almost 20 hours since receiving the case late last week.Andover attorney James C. Hyde, 59, of Boxford, a partner in the law firm of Berger & Hyde; Dr. Michael H. Kaplan, 49, of Hampstead, N.H., owner of Kaplan Chiropractic Office; and Omar Castillo, 38, of Methuen, a former van driver for Kaplan, were all accused of filing false auto insurance claims on three fake accidents in late 2002.

The jury’s work involved a unanimous finding of “guilty” or “innocent” on each of 15 separate indictments related to the three accidents: Kaplan faced seven separate charges in connections with all three “paper” accidents (Oct. 1, Oct. 10 and Dec. 20). Hyde faces six charges for two of the crashes (Oct. 1 and Dec. 20) and Castillo has two charges for the Dec. 20 crash he allegedly “set up.”

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Written by lordsinsurancelog

May 16, 2011 at 7:14 pm

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