Six suspects arrested for alleged automotive glass fraud in Sacramento, Calif., have pled no contest to felony charges of insurance fraud and personal identification theft this week. They were accused of filing false insurance claims for windshield repairs totaling almost $100,000 back in December 2013.
“Felisha Blackmon, Aaron Bonner, Darryl Cartwright, Bonita Clayborn, David Ludd and Atlakea Scott all pleaded guilty to charges associated with their involvement in submitting approximately 1,000 false insurance claims for automobile windshield chip repairs,” according a statement from the California Department of Insurance.
The six suspects allegedly impersonated insurance policyholders and submitted claims for windshield chip repairs to multiple insurance companies from May 23, 2011 to May 24, 2012. They allegedly worked for companies based in Sacramento, including Safetek Auto Glass Consulting, Auto Glass Professional and Clear View Autoglass.
“Most insurance fraud leaves a paper trail that helps our detectives to bring criminals to justice,” says Dave Jones, California Department of Insurance Commissioner. “In this case, the paper trail led to the arrest and conviction of the criminals that ripped off insurers.”
The defendants face a possible sentencing of 240 days in county jail to three years in state prison. Sentencing is set for August 6, 2014.
According to the Insurance Fraud Division, the Sacramento Regional Fraud Office, CDI Organized Automobile Fraud Interdiction Program led this investigation. Additionally, the National Insurance Crime Bureau and the following insurance carriers and third-party administrators assisted with the investigation: Harmon Glass Solutions, Safelite Solutions, Lynx Services, GMAC, AAA, Allstate, Bristol, Allied, Progressive, 21st Century, Titan, Allstate, Farmers, USAA, Liberty Mutual, Encompass, Travelers, California Casualty, Hartford, Safeco, Nationwide, Esurance and Horace Mann.