The now infamous staged accident scam in New Orleans has seen dozens of indictments. Its seen about a third of those indicted plead guilty. Its even seen a person thought to have been a primary FBI informant murdered. Now, federal investigators have finally indicted the first of at least three lawyers involved in the case.
According to the FBI, New Orleans Attorney Daniel Patrick Keating was indicted on Thursday on one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud. The Department of Justice claims that Keating paid people $1,000 upfront to stage accidents with large trucks. Keating would then sue the trucking companies involved. At least 31 accidents are thought to have been staged in this manner.
At times, Keating even told his clients to get unnecessary surgeries to inflate the amount of money they could get in a settlement. Investigators say that Keating’s clients underwent “totally unnecessary” medical treatment seventeen times.
Keating is only the first of at least three personal injury attorneys who are mentioned in the indictment as subjects of a federal racketeering case. The other two attorneys remain unnamed and unindicted for now.