On November 13th, 2014

CDI Detectives Conduct Statewide Auto Insurance Fraud Sweep 195 people charged with 236 felonies and 43 misdemeanors

15541107188_fc1ddf53bc_z_246_274_c1Call it a dramatic sweep that gets the point across, if you're committing insurance fraud in the State of California, California Department of Insurance detectives will come knocking.  

During the first week of November, detectives slapped handcuffs on nearly 200 suspects accused of auto insurance fraud.   The detectives teamed up with  local district attorneys and  law enforcement officers to serve arrest warrants in 22 counties.  As a result, 195 people are now charged with auto insurance fraud.  The fraud was committed against 40 insurance companies to the tune of more than $1 million.

15728230692_cc5d02187b_z"Our California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) members who are CDI detectives are on the move, they have to be, given the incredible amount of insurance fraud being committed in the State of California," said CSLEA President Alan Barcelona.

How were these suspects scamming insurance companies?  In most cases, they were uninsured or underinsured and allegedly purchased or added coverage after they were involved in a collision or damage occurred to their vehicles. The suspects then filed fraudulent claims to get the insurer to cover the damage to the uninsured or underinsured vehicle.   

15724620671_721f099925_zWho are these suspects?  Two are insurance professionals, including a claims adjuster.  One suspect's vehicle  was involved a pedestrian fatality.  One suspect submitted a claim for a vehicle allegedly used to transport drugs from Mexico. In some cases the fraud was uncovered before the insurer paid on the claim, in others it was discovered after the claims were paid.

15540646709_db12e84c92_zInsurance company special investigation units and the National Insurance Crime Bureau assisted with the investigations. Local district attorneys are prosecuting these cases.

Alameda County - 22 suspects; 22 felony counts

Amador - 1 suspect; 2 felony counts

Contra Costa County - 7 suspects; 7 felony counts

El Dorado County - 3 suspects; 1 felony count  2 misdemeanors

Fresno County -9 suspects; 9 felony counts

Kern County -3 suspects; 3 felony counts

Kings County -3 suspects; 3 felony counts

Los Angeles County - 27 suspects; 27 felony counts

Orange County - 16 suspects;16 felony counts   21 misdemeanors

Riverside -6 suspects; 6 felony counts

Sacramento - 10 suspects; 1 felony count   11 misdemeanors

San Bernardino - 11 suspects;  7 felony counts

San Diego County - 35 suspects;  84 felony counts

San Joaquin County - 6 suspects;  6 felony counts

San Francisco - 2 suspects; 2 felony counts

San Luis Obispo County - 1 case;  one felony count

Santa Barbara County - 5 suspects; 5 felony counts

Santa Clara County - 18 suspects; 26 felony counts

Solano County - 1 suspect; 1 felony count

Stanislaus County - case pending

Tulare County -4 suspects; 3 felony counts

Ventura - 4 suspects;4 felony charges

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