Episode 64: Crash for Crash

American Greed: Crash for Cash

American Greed takes you inside a Philadelphia car insurance fraud ring where everybody got a piece of the action.

Case File

Crash for Crash

  • On the streets of Philadelphia, a massive auto insurance fraud ring was making millions. Tow truck drivers, auto body shops, chiropractors, attorneys...even corrupt police officers were on the take in a scam that ran from 2003 to 2007. Wallace "Pop" Morris trolled the highways as a so-called "wreck chaser" bringing in damaged cars to body shops for a price. Together with tow truck driver Jerry "B.J." Bassengale and a team of accomplices, they staged dozens of car accidents and submitted fake claims to insurance companies. The scheme was just the beginning of what would eventually become a multi-million dollar masterpiece of fraud!

Web Extra's

  • American Greed: Crash for Cash     Tuesday, 26 Jun 2012 | 12:00 AM ET

    In the city of Brotherly Llove, car wrecks piled up and auto insurance policies were treated like ATM machines. American Greed takes you inside a Philadelphia car insurance fraud ring where everybody got a piece of the action.

  • The Wrecking Crew     Tuesday, 26 Jun 2012 | 12:00 AM ET

    Wallace "Pop" Morris goes from limousine driver to wreck chaser in his tow truck. He creates fake car accidents and recruits people to pose as car crash victims to make cash. See how he bilks insurance companies in a massive insurance fraud scheme.

  • Crash for Cash: Anatomy of an Insurance Fraud Wednesday, 27 Jun 2012 | 12:53 PM ET

    Wallce "Pop: Morris was ultimately caught after filing a total of $1.2 million in fake insurance claims.

  • Blassengale Release Response Wednesday, 15 Aug 2012 | 4:05 PM ET

    Government's Response in Opposition to Defendant Blassengale’s Motion for Release from Pretrial Detention” filed 6/23/08 in the US District Court. This document gives a play-by-play of Jerry Blassengale’s high-speed chase. (Source: Public Record)

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