A bill sponsored by State Senator James Seward to combat auto insurance fraud is approved and now on its way to the Assembly. Senator Seward’s bill targets criminals who stage auto accidents in attempts to profit from insurance claims. This bill would establish tough penalties by creating a new felony crime of staging a motor vehicle accident. The measure known as “Alice’s Law” was prompted by the 2003 death of Alice Ross, a 71-year-old grandmother who was killed as a result of a staged auto accident.