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Wednesday, 09 July 2014 00:00

Sentencing Update on California Glass Harvesting Ring

Six suspects arrested as part of a glass harvesting ring plead no contest to felony charges of insurance fraud and personal identification theft on July 9. Felisha Blackmon, Aaron Bonner, Darryl Cartwright, Bonita Clayborn, David Ludd, and Atlakea Scott all plead guilty to charges associated with their involvement in submitting approximately 1,000 false insurance claims for automobile windshield chip repairs.

“This case is a reminder for consumers to pay attention to all communication from your insurance company,” said Commissioner Jones. “Most insurance fraud leaves a paper trail that helps our detectives to bring criminals to justice.  In this case, the paper trail led to the arrest and conviction of the criminals that ripped off insurers.”

The organized ring of six suspects allegedly impersonated insurance policyholders and submitted claims for windshield chip repairs to multiple insurance companies between May 23, 2011 and May 24, 2012. The group initially operated a legitimate auto glass repair business, but later began to retain consumers’ policy information and filed additional fraudulent claims on consumers’ policies, without policyholders’ knowledge or permission.

The six defendants involved with the ring face a possible sentencing of 240 days in county jail to three years in state prison. Sentencing is set for 8 a.m. on August 6, 2014.

If you receive a notification from your insurer for an insurance claim that you did not file, you may be the victim of insurance identity theft. Please contact the Department of Insurance Consumer Hotline at 800-927-4357 for assistance.

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