Police officers are made for one purpose; to keep the public safe
and secured. They have sworn an oath to protect and serve the public but sometimes, out of greed, even cops
can do bad things.
PA- In this video provided by Fox 29 News, you will see what
corruption can to do even to that one person who serves the law. Here, Officer Gary Cottrell has been found
guilty of a multimillion car insurance fraud scheme. According to the news, Cottrell has been serving the law
enforcement since 1996 but has been arrested with his involvement in this
According toD.A. Seth Williams, police officer can easily gain people’s trust since they are part of the law. Because of
this, it was easy for Cottrell to perform his scheme.“It just saddens us once again, you know, how anyone
can use their badge, you know, for illegal acts,” a statement
fromDep. Comm. Richard
Ross of thePhiladelphia Police
Department about Cottrell’s arrest.
News reports state that Cottrell was busted for his
car insurance scheme which involves theUniversity Collision Center in Grace Ferry.
Along with Cottrell, the collision center was also charged. The D.A. said that Cottrell was a wreck
chaser,“Whenever he would come upon an accident, he would then refer the driver of the vehicles to
University Collision Center and he received as a result of his referral a kick
back,” D.A. Seth Williams explained. This means that
Cottrell receives an amount upon his referral to the collision center.
In this video, you will learn what other tricks involved or being
done to the car in order to get more damaged. In return, car owners pay more for the repair plus a kick back
of at least $200 was also issued.
Sometimes, you think it’s easier to save money if you go to
someone who charges cheaply. However, not all those who charges cheaply can actually give you your money’s
worth. What’s even worse is that, some of these police officers are involve in such fraud. So the next time
you ran into a car accident, make sure that you notify your own car insurance company. This way you can be
sure that you have all the coverage you need. Though it is a good thing to save money, you may end up paying
more if you are not careful. Also, keep an eye for these “wreck chaser” kind of cops. You may just be dealing
with someone who is involved in car insurance fraud. Next time a police officer refers you to a collision
company, be on guard about this kind of trickery. So do drive safely and always be alert for these
situations. For more information about this news, here’s the video.