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Attorney, 12 Others Charged in Staged Accident Scheme

A Beverly Hills personal injury attorney and a dozen other people have been charged with fraud or other felonies for a complicated scheme that involved staging auto accidents and filing bogus insurance claims, county prosecutors said Wednesday.

Lawyer E. Andrew Matyas, 45, is due to surrender today to authorities, Deputy Dist. Atty. Harvey Giss said.

During a yearlong investigation, Giss said, detectives made videotapes of staged accidents. Over the past 10 years, the prosecutor alleged, Matyas paid out “hundreds of thousands of dollars” to have auto crash cases referred to his office.


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