A former Philadelphia Highway Patrol officer was sentenced to 30 months in prison Thursday for his role in a long-running insurance-fraud scheme involving fake automobile accidents.
Drexel Reid Jr., 39, pleaded guilty in 2009 and assisted prosecutors in the case, in which about 60 people have pleaded guilty or been convicted. He admitted to 11 counts of mail fraud and single counts of wire fraud and extortion.
Between August 2003 and May 2007, Reid's codefendant, tow-truck driver Jerry Blassengale Jr., solicited people for staged or fictitious accidents, and Reid would create fake police reports for insurance claims. There were 11 fake claims involving Reid.