February 9, 2021 5:30 PM, EST

First Trial Set for May 10 in New Orleans Staged Accident Charges

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Genetta Isreal, a 51-year-old Houston woman indicted for her alleged role in a June 2017 staged accident in New Orleans with a tractor-trailer, is set to go on trial May 10.

Isreal is the first accused participant in the sweeping criminal conspiracy to go on trial.

As many as 15 among the 33 individuals alleged to have participated in the staging of as many as 150 accidents in the New Orleans area with trucks in recent years already have pleaded guilty.

According to a criminal indictment filed in December 2019, Isreal traveled from Houston to New Orleans two days prior to the staged accident and was a passenger in the 2005 Chevy Trailblazer whose driver is accused of intentionally colliding with a 2015 Peterbilt tractor-trailer operated by Southeastern Motor Freight Inc.

Isreal, who has pleaded not guilty to the allegations, also is accused with two others of going to doctors and health care providers “known to the grand jury” for medical treatment. She also is accused of working with an unnamed attorney to demand more than $56,000 in fraudulent claims from the motor carrier and its insurance company. Isreal alleged damages to her back and right leg, along with medical expenses of at least $6,755.

Isreal has been released on a $15,000 unsecured bond.

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