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*TROPICAL STORM ISAIAS MOVING NORTHWARD ALONG THE EAST COAST* This product covers Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut ***TROPICAL STORM ISAIAS MOVING NORTHWARD ALONG THE EAST COAST*** NEW INFORMATION --------------- * CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for Orange and Putnam - The Tropical Storm Watch has been upgraded to a Tropical Storm Warning for Bronx, Eastern Bergen, Eastern Essex, Eastern Passaic, Eastern Union, Hudson, Kings (Brooklyn), New York (Manhattan), Northeastern Suffolk, Northern Nassau, Northern Queens, Northwestern Suffolk, Richmond (Staten Island), Southeastern Suffolk, Southern Fairfield, Southern Middlesex, Southern Nassau, Southern New Haven, Southern New London, Southern Queens, Southern Westchester, Southwestern Suffolk, Western Bergen, Western Essex, and Western Union * CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Bronx, Eastern Bergen, Eastern Essex, Eastern Passaic, Eastern Union, Hudson, Kings (Brooklyn), New York (Manhattan), Northeastern Suffolk, Northern Nassau, Northern Queens, Northwestern Suffolk, Richmond (Staten Island), Southeastern Suffolk, Southern Fairfield, Southern Middlesex, Southern Nassau, Southern New Haven, Southern New London, Southern Queens, Southern Westchester, Southwestern Suffolk, Western Bergen, Western Essex, and Western Union - A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Northern Fairfield, Northern Middlesex, Northern New Haven, Northern New London, Northern Westchester, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, and Western Passaic * STORM INFORMATION: - About 830 miles south-southwest of New York City NY or about 900 miles south-southwest of Montauk Point NY - 29.7N 79.9W - Storm Intensity 70 mph - Movement North or 355 degrees at 9 mph SITUATION OVERVIEW ------------------ Tropical Storm Isaias, located off the north Florida coast, will continue to move to the north this morning, turning north-northeast this afternoon along the southeast coast. Isaias will continue moving northeast tonight over Eastern North Carolina. Isaias will slowly weaken as it accelerates northeast on Tuesday, likely moving over our area Tuesday afternoon and evening. There is still some timing and intensity uncertainty with this storm. However, confidence continues to increase with respect to the magnitude of local hazards and impacts. The main threats with this system involve heavy rainfall, strong winds, minor to moderate coastal flooding, along with high surf and dangerous rip currents. Locally heavy rain is expected with a widespread 2 to 4 inches, with localized amounts up to 6 inches possible. The heaviest rain is most likely to occur across New York City, Northeast New Jersey and the Lower Hudson Valley early Tuesday morning through Tuesday evening, and eastern sections Tuesday afternoon into Tuesday night. The strongest winds are likely to occur across Long Island, coastal Connecticut, and the New York City Metro. Dangerous marine conditions are likely across all of the coastal waters Tuesday and Tuesday night. High surf and dangerous rip currents are expected along the ocean beaches Monday through Wednesday. The effects from Tropical Storm Isaias are expected to diminish quickly from southwest to northeast across the area Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. POTENTIAL IMPACTS ----------------- * FLOODING RAIN: Protect against life-threatening rainfall flooding having possible extensive impacts across northeastern New Jersey, New York City, and the Lower Hudson Valley. Potential impacts include: - Major rainfall flooding may prompt many evacuations and rescues. - Rivers and streams may rapidly overflow their banks in multiple places. Small streams, creeks, canals, and ditches may become dangerous rivers. 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Driving conditions dangerous in places where surge water covers the road. - Moderate beach erosion. Heavy surf also breaching dunes, mainly in usually vulnerable locations. Strong and frequent rip currents. - Minor to locally moderate damage to marinas, docks, boardwalks, and piers. A few small craft broken away from moorings. * TORNADOES: Protect against a tornado event having possible limited impacts across Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut. Potential impacts include: - The occurrence of isolated tornadoes can hinder the execution of emergency plans during tropical events. - A few places may experience tornado damage, along with power and communications disruptions. - Locations could realize roofs peeled off buildings, chimneys toppled, mobile homes pushed off foundations or overturned, large tree tops and branches snapped off, shallow rooted trees knocked over, moving vehicles blown off roads, and small boats pulled from moorings.

16 Arrested in Car Crash Insurance Scheme

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16 defendants are facing multiple felony counts in connection to a conspiracy to collect illegal insurance payments by pretending to be injured in staged car accidents.

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16 defendants are facing multiple felony counts after submitting fraudulent insurance claims which totalled more than $330,000 for six staged accidents mostly occurring in Brooklyn.  The drivers intentionally crashed into city buses, cabs and rented vehicles.  

The charges against them include insurance fraud, grand larceny and falsifying business records, along with conspiracy to commit those crimes.
 
“This all-too-common staged accident scheme puts innocent lives in danger so perpetrators can rip off the system to make a quick buck. Breaking up these criminal operations means safer streets and a fairer market for consumers whose insurance premiums skyrocket as a result of this kind of fraud,” Attorney General Schneiderman said in a statement.
 
According to the Attorney General’s office, the defendants conspired to collect illegal insurance payouts by arranging and participating in six different accidents, five of which occurred in Brooklyn and the other in Staten Island between October 2009 and June 2011.  Some participants were drivers and others agreed to be passengers.
 
The first staged crash took place on October 29, 2009, a driver and a passenger intentionally crashed into a livery cab on Staten Island, and then pretended to be injured.  New York’s “No-Fault” law, which requires providers to cover a wide range of medical and health services for injuries sustained in a car crash, as high as $50,000 per person.  Insurance providers are also required in some cases to pay a victim of a motor vehicle accident in a bodily injury lawsuit.
 
The defendants agreed to participate in the staged accidents in exchange for an upfront payment, and then future payments expected from bodily injury lawsuits.  After being treated at medical clinics, the defendants submitted insurance forms with falsified accounts of the accidents and their injuries, often citing localized pains.  Only two defendants were successful in receiving a settlement from a bodily injury lawsuit, totalling $13,500.
 
In another case, five of the defendants are charged with the highest level of insurance fraud and grand larceny charges for planning an accident involving a city bus.  The defendants boarded a bus on June 19, 2011, while another participant operating a rented U-Haul van purposely crashed into the bus at the intersection of Dumont Avenue and Grafton Street in Brooklyn.  The five passengers pretended to be injured.  Each of these defendants face up to fifteen years in prison.
 
The plan involving a U-Haul truck and a city bus had previously been carried out with two different defendants in April 2010.   The three other crashes included staged collisions between rented vehicles, private vehicles and livery cabs.  
 
“This category of insurance fraud serves not only as a substantial and unjustifiable burden upon the public treasury, but it is also a direct threat to the physical safety of our bus customers and bus operators,” MTA New York City President Thomas Prendergast said.
 
“Using a staged accident to commit no-fault insurance fraud is a serious crime that needlessly drives up the cost of insurance and potentially endangers the well-being of innocent New Yorkers,” said Benjamin Lawsky, the Superintendent of Financial Services, adding that the DFS will continue to work with law enforcement to end no-fault insurance fraud.
 
 
 
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