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California busts ‘family and friend’ organized auto insurance fraud ring

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By
Gia Snape

California’s City Car Insurance coverage Fraud Process Drive has thwarted an alleged organized insurance coverage fraud ring involving practically two dozen people.

The alleged ringleader, Gerson Castro Martine of San Jose, supposedly concerned household and buddies in a fraud scheme that netted defendants greater than $174,000, a press launch by the California Division of Insurance coverage acknowledged.

Castro was arrested on July 29 on eight felony counts. Earlier this week, seven people have been arrested in reference to the case. In whole, 23 people face felony counts of insurance coverage fraud and conspiracy.

What did the California auto insurance coverage fraud ring contain?

An investigation uncovered 33 claims that contained the same modus operandi, in response to the insurance coverage division.

Repeat harm claims have been allegedly made by the group on insurance coverage insurance policies bought both with fictitious identities, or concerned events that knew one another however reported claims as if they have been strangers and had been concerned in a loss.

The ring used at the least 40 completely different autos, the division claimed. Some have been bought with damages on them, whereas others sustained harm in staged collisions.

The group supposedly ran the scheme for 4 years.

‘Inconsistent damages’ present in insurance coverage claims

Detectives mentioned the fraud was uncovered when Rene Murillo Hernandez of Santa Clara claimed to have hit a parked car after his car was struck by an unknown driver.

Murillo left a observe together with his insurance coverage data on the parked car he struck. The proprietor of the parked car, one other alleged member of the fraud ring, then turned in a declare to the insurance coverage firm.

However an investigation revealed the damages have been inconsistent with the 2 autos colliding with one another.

Moreover, the damages allegedly sustained on this incident have been beforehand reported in a previous loss below completely different possession, in response to the insurance coverage division.

The PO Field tackle that was getting used was utilized in a number of related claims by different people was the tackle the place their autos have been housed.

The claims have been investigated by the City Car Insurance coverage Fraud Process Drive, which consists of the California Division of Insurance coverage, Santa Clara County District Legal professional Investigators, the California Freeway Patrol, and the Nationwide Insurance coverage Crime Bureau (NICB).

“This alleged auto insurance coverage fraud ring is a main instance of the kind of fraud that will increase premium costs for all California drivers,” mentioned California insurance coverage commissioner Ricardo Lara. 

“The onerous work of our multi-agency job drive stopped this organized insurance coverage crime ring that operated for years stealing greater than $174,000 in fraudulent auto claims.”

The insurance coverage division’s press launch named the people concerned within the operation on Tuesday, August 15:

  • Mario Trochez Martinez, 29
  • Exar Menocal Ruiz, 28
  • Rene Murillo Hernandez, 43
  • Yelson Martinez Rodriguez, 31
  • Bairon Castro Martinez, 30
  • Gerardo Murillo Zuniga, 34
  • Jose Castro Martinez, 27
  • Sirian Sanchez Andrede, 30, was cited and launched
  • Eric Orlando Martinez Rodriguez, 33, self-surrendered

Different people which have self-surrendered or been arrested embrace:

  • Josselyn Gabriela Zavala, 27, self-surrendered August 16
  • Shenyer Cruz Eliezer Cruz Adams, 29, was arrested by Milpitas Police August 14, 2023
  • Gerson Castro Martinez, 34, was arrested July 2

The next people beforehand self-surrendered:

  • Manuel Allala Amezcua, 40
  • Dulmy Rodriguez Martinez, 31

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