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Asked on: 10/14/11, 6:24 am

Hello. I am a 35 year old man. My mother, who has done many horrible things to me, is no longer in contact with me. She is quite the unsavory character and has cheated the law as much as she could get away with it throughout my childhood and teen years. One such case was in 1997 when I was driving a car registered in my parents' name. I was hit by a red light runner in SF. The driver, who was drinking did NOT have auto insurance. We exchanged numbers and of course I jotted down his license plate #. My mother called him and worked a deal with him. She had him obtain auto insurance shortly after that accident then they both agreed to post date the accident. It worked and his (new) insurance paid the damages to my car, which was something like $1,000 or maybe a little more...can't recall, it's been a while. The car definitely was not anywhere near totaled.

So how big of a crime is this? Does the justice dept. take this pretty seriously or is it like a speeding ticket? Second, is there anything I can do to "rat" my mother out? I feel strongly that the woman should pay for all the horrible things she did in life and this is the only thing I can think of that might stick. All her other crimes are going to be impossible to prove.

Thank you for your help.

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