News: 2009 Press Release
For Release: January 20, 2009
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Commissioner Poizner Announces San Jose Man Charged with Auto Insurance Fraud
Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner today announced that Kurt Bernard Lucas, 44, of San Jose, was charged last week with automobile insurance fraud and perjury. If convicted, Lucas could face up to five years in prison and $10,000 in fines.
"Scam artists should think twice before attempting to take advantage of the system," said Commissioner Poizner. "Department of Insurance investigators work tirelessly to track down fraud perpetrators and bring them to justice."
An Urban Auto Task Force investigation revealed that Lucas allegedly presented a false stolen vehicle claim to his automobile insurance company. On August 22, 2008, Lucas allegedly reported that his Jaguar had been stolen. Investigators discovered that he had sold the vehicle on August 15, 2008 for $5,000. A few days later, Lucas requested his car back from the individual who purchased it. His request was denied. Lucas then allegedly reported the vehicle stolen and filed a claim with his insurance company. He ultimately confessed to investigators and apologized for filing the false report.
The Urban Auto Task Force consists of CDI, CHP, and Santa Clara District Attorney Investigators. This case is being prosecuted by the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office.
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