News: 2009 Press Release
For Release: January 8, 2009
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Commissioner Poizner Announces Arrest of Sacramento Man in Connection with Vehicle Arson
Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner today announced the arrest of Michael Henderson, 30, of Sacramento, for suspected auto insurance fraud. He self surrendered to authorities on January 5. Bail was set at $25,000.
"Department of Insurance investigators work collaboratively with police and district attorneys to crack down on anyone who attempts to commit insurance fraud," said Commissioner Poizner. "Insurance fraud is not a victimless crime, and CDI will continue to protect consumers by thwarting fraud attempts."
In February 2008, Henderson filed a police report and an insurance claim, allegedly stating that his 2003 GMC Yukon had been stolen from his driveway. Ten days after the police report was filed, the Sacramento Police Department recovered the vehicle, which had been completely burned. Through the course of a CDI investigation, Henderson allegedly confessed to his involvement in the staged theft and burning of his vehicle. Henderson allegedly attempted to defraud his insurance company of $22,000.
If convicted of all counts, Henderson could face up to five years in prison. This case is being prosecuted by the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office.
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