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Man gets 4 years in prison for staging crashes in fraud scam

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A Haitian man who federal prosecutors say was the ringleader of an auto insurance scam involving as many as 50 staged car crashes in southeastern Connecticut has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Mackenzy Noze was sentenced Monday in federal court in New Haven. A jury convicted him of nine fraud charges in June.

Officials say Noze is a lawful permanent U.S. resident who had been living in Norwich and will face immigration proceedings after serving his prison time.

Authorities say the 33-year-old Noze and several other people staged the crashes in several towns between 2011 and 2014. After each accident, they fraudulently collected $6,500 to $30,000 in insurance payouts.

Noze also was ordered to pay $207,000 in restitution.

Six other people involved in the scam were convicted.