Investigation reveals the five defendants had staged the crash and filed an insurance claim that could have resulted in a payout of over $30,000
Los Angeles—A home surveillance video camera helped lead investigators to five Southern California residents for allegedly staging an auto collision to collect an unearned insurance payout. Each defendant has been charged with one felony count of insurance fraud after an investigation by the Inland Empire Automobile Insurance Fraud Task Force.
The investigation revealed the five defendants had staged the crash and filed an insurance claim that could have resulted in a payout of over $30,000. Surveillance video from a home near the collision shows one of the defendants leaving the vehicle in the middle of an intersection, while another defendant crashes into the vacated vehicle before both defendants flee the scene.
The task force began its investigation after the Ontario Police Department arrived to the scene of a collision where a woman at the scene claimed she was the victim of a hit and run. However, witnesses of the collision claimed she walked over to the vehicles after the crash.
The task force is comprised of detectives and investigators from the California Department of Insurance, California Highway Patrol, San Bernardino District Attorney’s Office, and the Riverside District Attorney’s Office.