Runners and cappers are the middlemen in the fraud scheme.
The runner or capper recruits the occupants to be involved in a
staged (or paper) accident. The runner or capper has an arrangement
with either a medical provider or lawyer or both, getting either a
percentage of the take or a set fee per person.
The runner provides the "story" for the occupants. The occupants
load into a car and hit the road looking for their victim. Usually,
a high dollar car or a business vehicle (including semi- tractor
trailers) is the target, as they normally have high dollar coverage.
They like to target seniors as well as women. And if you start
asking questions, they can be intimidating.
Through various means (see staged/paper accidents) an accident
ensues and the occupants all head off to treat with the medical
provider and sign up with the lawyer for their soft tissue injuries.
Or they may simply just sign the sign-in sheets and be on their way.
Using another name they may do it all over again.
Sometimes these accidents go awry and people really get hurt or
- Alice Ross, a grandmother from Queens, NY, was killed in
a staged accident in 2003. She was an innocent victim.
- Altagracia Arias of Lwarence, MS was killed in a staged
accident in which she was a willing participant.
- Jose Luis Lopez Perez of Los Angeles, CA was killed in a
staged accident in which he was a willing participant.
We're guessing the last two hadn't planned on dying.