A California Resident Arrested for Insurance Fraud
The California Department of Insurance reported that Robert Andrew Nelson, 44, a resident of Cathedral City, California, was arrested on April 28 for practicing insurance fraud against his insurance company of $26,000. On October 28, 2007 Nelson filed a false police report and knowingly presented a fraudulent insurance claim. He reported that on October 27 he hosted a gathering of about a dozen quests. He claims that his guests were still at his home, when he went to sleep at about 8 p.m. Nelson claims that in the middle of the night someone stole his 2005 Expedition from his driveway and then returned it. According to Nelson he found the wrecked and damaged vehicle next morning.
After filing a claim with his insurance company Nelson received $26,000 as the replacement costs for the damaged vehicle. However, later a witness contacted the insurance company and informed that in the morning of October 28 Nelson’s vehicle struck another car.
The further investigation revealed Nelson was the driver of the vehicle at the time of the crash. Another witnessed informed that saw how Nelson walked around his vehicle after the crash. The third witness claimed that there were no other cars present, while Nelson claimed he hosted a gathering.
If convicted, Nelson could face a two to five year prison sentence and fine of up to $50,000.
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