Two other New Orleans defendants plead guilty in staged auto collision scheme | USAO-EDLA

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced today that HERBERT ALLEN (“ALLEN”)37 years old, and DION RIDLEY (“RIDLEY”), 23, agreed to plead guilty to count one (1) of their indictment, charging with conspiracy to commit mail fraud contrary to Title 18, United States Code, Article 371. By pleading guilty, each defendant incurs a maximum penalty of five (5) years of imprisonment; a period of probation of up to three (3) years; and a fine of up to $250,000.00, or the greater of two times the gross gain for the defendant or twice the gross loss for any person under Title 18, United States Code, Section 3571, plus a mandatory special appraisal fee of $100.00. Today’s guilty plea brings the total number of defendants convicted in Operation Sideswipe to 41.

As part of their plea, the defendants admitted to conspiring to commit mail fraud in connection with a staged motor vehicle collision. In the diagram, GERMAN falsely claimed he was the driver of a car that was hit by a tractor-trailer on June 28, 2017. RIDLEYa passenger in the car, falsely claimed that GERMAN was driving the car when they were hit by a semi-trailer truck. In fact, government evidence showed that the defendants conspired with Damien Labeaud (“Labeaud”), Roderick Hickman (“Hickman”) and others to intentionally collide ALLEN 2007 Chevrolet Impala with semi trailer in the Tchoupitoulas Street and Calliope Street area of ​​New Orleans. Both defendants lied in civil depositions, falsely claiming that GERMAN was driving the car that collided with the tractor-trailer, when in fact Hickman was driving the car and intentionally hit the tractor-trailer. The two defendants hoped that through their misrepresentations they would obtain lucrative monetary settlements from the tractor-trailer’s owner, driver and insurer.

Sentencing is set for both defendants on February 15, 2023, before United States District Judge Sarah S. Vance.

The United States Attorney’s Office wishes to thank the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Louisiana State Police, and the Metropolitan Crime Commission for their assistance in this case. The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon S. Long; Financial Crimes Unit Chief Brian M. Klebba; Deputy United States Attorney Maria M. Carboni; and Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward J. Rivera.