Tampa woman accused of staging accidents for cash

TAMPA, Fla. - A year-long investigation led to the arrest of a woman accused of staging an accident and insurance fraud.

Officials said Monday they have audio and video of 36-year-old Tina Marie Figueroa admitting to intentional involvement in two crashes to collect insurance payments.

According to arrest reports, she received $1,000 in insurance payments after complaining of back pain resulting from a December 2009 crash. In April 2010, officials say Figueroa paid a driver and passengers to stage a fake crash. She didn't realize that undercover state fraud investigators were involved in her plan.

Arrests records list her as an accounts manager for United Health Care.

Figueroa was released from Hillsborough County Jail Monday on a $21,000 surety bond. No lawyer was listed for her.

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