President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen spent much of his early legal career filing 'crash for cash' personal injury lawsuits, according to a new report.
Rolling Stone found that Cohen had a lengthy history of representing clients who rented cars and trucks and drove them into friends' vehicles in order to reap massive insurance payouts for injuries that were often faked.
Cohen is now the subject of a federal investigation into whether he broke federal campaign finance and banking laws by paying a pornographic actress $130,000 in 2016 to keep quiet about her claim that she bedded the president more than 10 years ago.
Buried unsubtly in Rolling Stone's account is the implication that Cohen may have been linked to expansive insurance-fraud rings like those Russian mobsters have infamously operated in the U.S.
Longtime Donald Trump attorney and fixer Michael Cohen started his legal career representing 'crash for cash' plaintiffs whose cases were sometimes fraudulent attempts to cash in on insurance settlements
Trump is the focal point of multiple federal probes into unsubstantiated allegations that his presidential campaign colluded with Russians to sway the 2016 election.
Cohen was never charged with any wrongdoing in the insurance fraud cases Rolling Stone revealed, and the magazine foud no evidence that he filed court claims he knew were fraudulent.
But in one case, a woman was indicted for participating in a criminal accident-staging ring while he represented her in a $1 million injury lawsuit against Enterprese Rent-A-Car's parent company.
Cohen is under the FBI's spotlight for paying porn actress Stormy Daniels (center) $130,000 in hush-money to stay quiet about her claim