OKLAHOMA CITY – Drivers know that parking lots can be treacherous territory when it comes to fender benders, but state officials say one man was specifically targeting Oklahomans in parking lots to defraud their insurance companies.
Attorney General Scott Pruitt says that LaTroy Staglin was convicted of nine felony counts of submitting a false claim for insurance and was sentenced to 18 years in prison.
Authorities say Staglin would wait in parking lots around Oklahoma City and would intentionally cause wrecks so he could file an insurance claim.
Officials say many of Staglin’s victims were elderly, leading them to believe that he may have targeted them because of their age.
In many instances, the victims said the damage to his vehicle did not match the damage that could have been caused in the wreck.
Investigators say Staglin repeated this scheme several times between August 2014 and January 2015.
He was also convicted and sentenced to prison in 2009 for the same type of fraud.