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Thursday, 29 January 2015 00:00

Retired MLB Pitcher Ted Lilly Charged with Car Insurance Fraud in CA, Update on Sentencing

Long-time major-league pitcher Ted Lilly is facing three counts of felony vehicle insurance fraud in California, reports He pleaded not guilty on January 20 to all three charges.

Lilly purchased an RV worth approximately $200,000 last year, then purchased insurance and filed a claim after damaging the vehicle, reported Mike Axisa,

Lilly sustained damage in a collision while backing up the vehicle and sought an estimate from a body shop on March 19, the California Department of Insurance's investigation found. The estimate was $4,600, reported Nick Wilson of the San Luis Obispo Tribune.

Then Lilly bought insurance from Progressive on March 24 and claimed the damage on March 28, reported Wilson.

"I can tell you that he's charged with three different felony counts. The first is filing a false insurance claim. The second one is a false statement in support of a claim and the third one has to do with failing to disclose a material fact in connection with an insurance claim," assistant district attorney Lee Cunningham said to KSBY.

“What a lot of people may not realize is that body shops often enter estimates into a database that insurance companies can check to verify claims,” Department of Insurance spokeswoman Nancy Kincaid said to Wilson. “They can see what the damage was and whether a false claim may have been filed.”

The agency that arrested Lily was performed a sweep in which 22 countries received warrants. Those who acquired insurance after damage, or who were uninsured or underinsured were targeted.

As of February 6, Lilly has accepted a plea deal which will allow him to avoid jail time, according to the Associated Press.He did not appear in court on February 5, but his attorney entered a plea of no contest to a misdemeanor count of insurance fraud. Two other charges were dropped.

Lilly will pay a $2,500 fine, serve two years of informal probation and perform 250 hours of community service.

Lilly, 39, last pitched in 2013. He went 130-113 with a 4.14 ERA (106 ERA+) in parts of 15 MLB seasons with the Expos, Yankees, Athletics, Blue Jays, Cubs and Dodgers, reported Axisa. He earned over $80 million in salary during his career, according to Baseball Reference.

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