SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA)- Three people face jail time after police say they tried to pull the wool over an insurance company's eyes. One of them is a former Shreveport police officer.
That officer, Aisha Barnes, along with her brother Thomas Williams, and Kaneesha Knuckles are all charged with insurance fraud.
"According to the investigation from our insurance fraud detectives, all three subjects had conspired together to dispose of this vehicle," says Cordell Williams with Louisiana State Police.
Barnes allegedly reported her 2008 Chevrolet Trailblazer stolen. We're told it was found burning a short time later.
"The subjects involved, of course, were attempting to seek financial means from the insurance company all in an effort to relieve some of their financial burdens," Williams says.
According to LSP, there were 227 arrests for insurance fraud in 2010.
"I've been involved in some major ring arrests with staged accidents where we arrested 20 or 30 people all participating in the ring crashing vehicles on purpose and collecting insurance," says Charlie Peters with the National Insurance Crime Bureau.
If you think this doesn't affect you, think again. Every case of insurance fraud hits everyone of us who drives these roads where it hurts the most: the wallet.
"...everybody's rates are affected when the insurance fraud occurs. It affects how much it costs everybody to buy insurance," Peters says.
One group says insurance fraud costs every American driver $950 a year.
Cordell Williams says everyone can take this as an example that nobody is above the law even one if they wear a badge.
"Louisiana State Police will arrest anyone regardless of position, who they are. <54:49> We all are subject to be arrested for such a violation as this.
Aisha Barnes was placed on administrative leave by SPD. We're told she resigned the next day.
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