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News: 2011 Press Release
For Release: January 31, 2011
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Commissioner Jones Announces Arrest Of Northern California Man For Insurance Fraud
Man Pushes Car Off Cliff, Reports It Stolen
Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones today announced the arraignment of Roseville resident Anthony Molina, 24, in Placer County Superior Court on four felony counts of insurance fraud including one count of filing a false police report. Molina faces a possible 5 years in state prison and fines of up to $200,000.
"Insurance fraud is a serious crime and it will be fully investigated by my Department," said Commissioner Dave Jones. "Individuals who deliberately destroy their own property to alleviate a financial obligation and then file a false report and insurance claim will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."
On July 26, 2010, Molina drove his 2008 Toyota Camry to the area of Blue Canyon Road just north of Interstate 80 in Placer County. Molina's girlfriend followed in her vehicle. Once they reached Blue Canyon Road, Molina pushed his Camry over the bank and returned to Molina's residence in the girlfriend's vehicle.
On July 27, 2010, Molina contacted the Roseville Police Department and reported his Camry had been stolen from outside his residence. Later that day, Molina contacted his insurance company and reported his Camry had been stolen from outside his residence. A search warrant for cell phone records confirmed a call was made from Molina's cell phone to his girlfriend's cell phone between the 26th and 27th and that the call was placed in the area of Blue Canyon.
On July 28, 2010, Officers from the California Highway Patrol, Gold Run Office, located Molina's Camry over a bank in the area of Blue Canyon Road north of Interstate 80. The vehicle was later determined to be a total loss. During the claims process, Molina completed a notarized Vehicle Theft Questionnaire document and made other material misrepresentations to conceal the fact that he had dumped the vehicle and that it had not been stolen as reported. The girlfriend confirmed Molina's involvement in the scheme. However, Molina denied any involvement to Detectives when interviewed. The investigation revealed Molina likely dumped the car to get out of his car payment, which was over $400 per month.
The California Department of Insurance, established in 1868, is the largest consumer protection agency in California, regulating the $123 billion insurance marketplace. In 2013 the California Department of Insurance received more than 170,000 calls from consumers and helped recover over $63 million in claims and premiums. Please visit the Department of Insurance web site at www.insurance.ca.gov. Non-media inquiries should be directed to the Consumer Hotline at 800.927.HELP or 213.897.8921. Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf (TDD), please dial 800.482.4833.