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News: 2011 Press Release
For Release: January 14, 2011
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Commissioner Jones Announces Arrests And Arraignments Of Central Valley Women For Insurance Fraud
Mother and daughter pair face fines of up to $200,000
Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones today announced the arrest of Henrietta Brice, 53, and her daughter Larrisa Coleen Brice, 24, both from Stockton. Henrietta was booked on four felony counts including two counts of insurance fraud, one count of arson and one count of grand theft. Larissa was booked on two counts of insurance fraud. Both were arraigned on January 12, 2011 in San Joaquin County Superior Court. They each face fines of up to $200,000 and $100,000 respectively and five years in prison.
"Anyone who commits this type of serious fraud will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law by my Department," said Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. "The crimes perpetrated by this mother and her daughter are truly acts of extreme deception."
According to California Department of Insurance (CDI) Investigators, on December 29, 2009 Henrietta Brice was stopped while driving her 2004 Buick Rendezvous by the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department. During this enforcement stop, Brice essentially told the deputy that he wouldn't be seeing her driving that car anymore and that she was going to call her insurance company and get herself a new car. On December 30, 2009 an explosion was reported in the area of E. Wyman Road and S. McKinley Avenue in French Camp, CA. Brice's vehicle was found abandoned and burning in the middle of a field. On December 31, 2009, Brice called her insurance company, Unitrin Direct and reported that her 2004 Buick Rendezvous had been stolen and burned on the previous day. On January 5th and 14th, 2010, Henrietta made statements about the date and time that she last drove her vehicle which was impossible due to the fact that the vehicle was on fire prior to that. Brice claimed to have a flat front right tire the night prior to her vehicle being left near Davis Road and Wagner Heights in Stockton. She alleged her cell phone was dead so she was unable to call anyone for assistance.
Larrisa Coleen Brice made a statement to the insurance company that her mother called her and they discussed Larrisa giving her mother a ride to the location where she allegedly left her car. After a check of phone records, this claim was unsubstantiated. Sacramento Fraud Division investigated this case and the San Joaquin County District Attorney is prosecuting the case.
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