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Published August 07 2010

Father, son plead not guilty to car-crash fraud

A father and son accused of purposely causing minor traffic accidents to collect on insurance claims have pleaded not guilty in Cass County District Court.

Sead Mustafic, 43, and his son Senad Mustafic, 24, both of Fargo, are charged with illegally conducting an enterprise and theft, both felonies. The pair is also charged with insurance fraud, the elder Mustafic at a felony level and the son as a misdemeanor.

According to reports filed with the charge, investigators say the two men were involved in 37 traffic accidents over the past two years. A crash reconstruction expert with the North Dakota Highway Patrol found 16 of those accidents involved damages that didn’t match descriptions of the collisions.

Most of the crashes were lane changes in which the other driver was considered at fault, according to court records. The other drivers were typically ages 50 to 90 or women between 16 and 30.

Cheri Clark, an assistant Cass County state’s attorney, said both men pleaded not guilty and waived their preliminary hearings on Thursday. They’re set to be back in court on Sept. 29.