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Nine arrested in alleged fraudulent car crash ring, three others sought

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The Louisiana State Police Insurance Fraud Unit is searching for three people after having arrested nine others in a case that allegedly involved several staged car crashes.

Authorities said the staged crashes resulted in over $112,000 in phony insurance claims.

According to a news release from State Police, the crashes took place from September of 2011 to May 2012 in Lafayette Parish.

Faris Daigle Jr., of Arnaudville, is accused of arranging the crashes.

He was allegedly paid a portion of the money from individual insurance claims filed after the crashes.

Authorities said the three crashes involved six children, ages 1 to 3 years old. Two of the crashes involved eight people, while the third involved 10 people.

During the course of the investigation, Daigle was arrested without incident in Lafayette and charged with three counts of insurance fraud, three counts of theft over $500, two counts of child endangerment and two counts of money laundering.

Daigle was booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center. He remains in jail on a $500,000 bond.

Also arrested were:

Chase Joseph, 24, of Lafayette. Joseph was charged with one count each of insurance fraud, theft over $500 and child endangerment.

Chelsie Chevalier, 21, of Baton Rouge. Chevalier was charged with one count each of insurance fraud and theft over $500.

Candice Alex, 27, of Carencro. Alex was charged with one count each of insurance fraud, theft over $500 and child endangerment.

Cherita Washington, 24, of Opelousas. Washington was charged with one count each of insurance fraud, theft over $500 and child endangerment.

Gregory Hayes, 29, of Opelousas. Hayes was charged with two counts each of insurance fraud and theft over $500 and one count of child endangerment.

Angel Broussard, 21, of Baton Rouge. Broussard was charged with one count each of insurance fraud and theft over $500.

Jamie Ceasar, 32, of Opelousas. Ceasar was charged with one count of insurance fraud.

Kendall Traller, 24, of Lafayette. Traller was charged with one count each of insurance fraud, theft over $500 and conspiracy to commit child endangerment.

All of these individuals have been booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center without incident.

Officers with the Louisiana State Police are searching for the following individuals and have active warrants for their arrests in connection with this case:

Courtney Thierry, 27, of Opelousas, is wanted for one count each of insurance fraud and theft over $500.

Niiya Sanders, 24, of Laplace, is wanted for one count each of insurance fraud and theft over $500.

Seth Daigle, 27, of Opelousas, is wanted for one count each of insurance fraud and theft over $500.
 
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of any of these individuals is asked to call Louisiana State Police at 337-262-3341.

Detectives were assisted throughout their investigation by State Police Troop I, St. Landry Sheriff's Office, Opelousas Police Department, Lafayette Police Department, Scott Police Department, FBI Lafayette Field Office, Lafayette Sheriff's Office and the St. Martin Sheriff's Office.

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