Update on New Orleans Tractor-Trailer Accident Staging Ring

We continue to keep tabs on federal prosecutors’ progress in unravelling the series of accident staging rings in South Louisiana. Recently, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana announced that Lois Russell of Gibson, Louisiana, was sentenced on April 20, 2023, having pled guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Mail Fraud in relation to staged auto accidents with tractor-trailers in New Orleans.

Prosecutors stated Russell entered into a conspiracy with Tanya Givens, John Diggs, and James “Curtis” Williams to claim bogus accident-related injuries. Russell’s vehicle was originally driven by Roderick Hickman. He intentionally struck an 18-wheeler and later fled the scene in a getaway vehicle driven by Damien Labeaud. Lois Russell claimed to have been the driver when multiple parties made injury claims. Givens was also recently sentenced after her guilty plea, on which we recently reported.

Hickman and Labeaud have been involved in several of these accident staging incidents, along with Mario Solomon, as actual drivers and/or getaway accomplices.

The Honorable Lance Africk sentenced Lois Russell to five years probation, which was in line with some other sentences handed down recently (including those of Tanya Givens and Dakota Diggs).

We will bring you more updates as more news is released.

Read previous accident staging ring updates >