NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – When Carol-Anne Church was injured in a 2004 accident in Brooklyn, a man followed her to King’s County Hospital and offered her a network of attorneys and doctors and free taxi service to each appointment.

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“I knew that this was only going get me into a web of lies and deceit. I understood that it would be fraud,” she said on Monday.

She joined Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and district attorney Joe Hynes to call on Albany to reform a system the insurance institute calls irretrievably broken.

“I think the time has come to stop the stalling and get this legislation passed so we can do something meaningful about this no fraud tax that’s passed along to our rate payers,” said Hynes.

That “tax” is estimated to be $200 million a year.

The bill would make it a crime to stage accidents or act as a runner, like the one who followed Church.

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