Attorney General Laxalt Announces Sentencing of Pahrump Man for Staged Car Crash

March 25, 2015

Las Vegas, NV – Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt announced that Roy Cavill, 75, of Pahrump, was sentenced last week on charges of insurance fraud, theft and conspiracy to commit theft. Cavill participated in a scheme to defraud Mendota Insurance and The Hartford insurance company of more than $50,000 in benefits. The fraud was committed on October 20, 2008.

    Cavill led a scheme to defraud auto insurance companies with the help of three acquaintances. Together, they staged a car crash, and later submitted false insurance claims in order to gain benefits.

      “Perpetrators who stage car crashes as part of a scheme to defraud insurance companies not only commit financial crimes against insurers and their customers, but also against innocent drivers endangered by their reckless actions,” said Laxalt. “This office will continue to make sure that those who attempt to defraud companies for their own benefit receive justice.”

        Nye County Fifth Judicial District Judge Kimberly Wanker sentenced Cavill to 43 to 108 months in Nevada State Prison. Cavill was also ordered to pay restitution totaling over $32,320. Judge Wanker noted Cavill’s failure to appear for his original trial date, necessitating the issuance of a nationwide bench warrant and subsequent extradition from Iowa. Since his August 2014 extradition, Cavill has been in the custody of the Nye County Detention Center.

          The investigation of this case was a collaborative effort between the Attorney General’s Office, Mendota Insurance and The Hartford insurance company. The case was prosecuted by Deputy Attorney General Michael C. Kovac and Senior Deputy Attorney General Robert Giunta.

            To read the criminal Information for Roy Cavill, click here. To file a complaint about someone suspected of committing fraud, click here.


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                 (Photo Courtesy of the Nye County Sheriff’s Office)