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YouTube Video of Race Car Crash Busts Two for Alleged Auto Insurance Fraud

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A crash happens around 2:00 on this video

The above YouTube video helped investigators land two Diamond Bar siblings in cuffs today after they allegedly submitted false claims to insurance agents. 21-year-old Jay Xi Chen told Farmers Insurance Exchange that his sister, 29-year-old Tracy Chen Chen, had been driving the GT-R when it was involved in a collision on Interstate 10 on March 16, 2009, according to the California Department of Insurance. She corroborated the story, but her brother later withdrew the claim, saying he would fix the repairs himself.

Then on June 2, 2009, Jay reported another claim with the same vehicle, stating that this time he crashed the auto while driving on Highway 60 in Riverside County.

And that's where eyebrows began to raise. The shop where the car was brought to in March said they still had the unrepaired car. Then investigators found the above video, which showed the same damage in one of Jay's claims, taken during an apparent street race on San Gabriel Mountain Road. The car was said to have crashed into a wall.

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Damage was estimated to be $76,000. Both brother and sister were arrested today on felony auto insurance fraud charges for filing an allegedly false insurance claim surrounding. Jay was charged on six counts, his sister on one count.