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Damaged-car photos route fraud investigators to easy street

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A wise mechanic will tell one not to buy a damaged, used car. And a wise prosecutor will also tell one not to post photos of said car on social media and then file an insurance claim.

A Utah man and used-car consumer was charged with insurance fraud in Utah County, Utah, after his insurer found photos on social media that showed he had bought a car already damaged, ABC4 News reported Wednesday.

According to court documents, police were contacted by an agent with American Family Insurance who said Jason Doyle Cook had filed a June 2018 claim on damage to his 1995 Ford F350, alleging that he collided with a wood post and a large tire that was in the middle of the freeway, the station reported.

Following the filing of his claim, the insurer checked the social media pages of Mr. Cook and his wife and found a picture posted eight months prior to the date of the alleged accident showing the same truck in the background with the same damage reported in June, according to the news station.

Further photographic evidence gathered in the investigation showed the damage existed prior to the purchase of the vehicle, according the news station. 




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