NEW HAVEN, Conn. (CBS Connecticut and AP) – Two Norwich men have been convicted of staging car crashes to defraud insurance companies.

Federal prosecutors say 32-year-old Mackenzy Noze, and 33-year-old Jonas Joseph, were convicted by a jury Thursday of multiple fraud and conspiracy offenses.

Authorities say between April 2011 and February 2014 the two men and others staged about 50 crashes. Many were single-vehicle accidents on remote roads where there were no witnesses other than the occupants of the vehicle.

After each accident, the defendants filed fraudulent property damage and bodily injury claims with various automobile insurance companies, collecting anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 each time.

They both face up to 20 years in prison at sentencing in September.

Five other people charged in the investigation have already pleaded guilty and await sentencing.

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