Insurance Commissioner Jones Announces Conviction Of Orange County Woman For Insurance Fraud
News: 2011 Press Release
Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones today announced the conviction of Hemet resident Olivia Lewis, 28, on felony counts of insurance fraud and grand theft. She was sentenced to 60 days in jail, three years of probation and restitution in the amount of $8,500.
"People who commit Insurance Fraud and think that they will get away with it are sadly mistaken," said Commissioner Dave Jones. "Individuals who perpetrate such acts will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."
On November 26, 2008, Selina Fiaschetti, 27, and her significant other, Bobby Petro, 24, were arrested by the California Department of Insurance (CDI) for criminal charges resulting from a false insurance claim. Fiaschetti and Petro alleged Petro struck Fiaschetti with his vehicle as she walked through a parking lot. Fiaschetti and Petro subsequently pleaded guilty to felony insurance fraud charges. On March 21, 2009, Selina Fiaschetti's cousin, Nicky Adams, 30, was arrested by CDI detectives for a similar false insurance claim where he allegedly struck a female pedestrian with his vehicle. Adams also pleaded guilty to felony insurance fraud charges. Adams' accomplice in the case was Bobby Petro's mother, Velia Petro, 42. Velia Petro remains a fugitive. During a voluntary in-custody interview with CDI Detectives, Nicky Adams, who is a self-proclaimed "Gypsy," provided information regarding members of his family. During the interview, CDI Detectives observed the word "Olivia" tattooed on Nicky Adams' right forearm. Adams said the tattoo is in reference to his former girlfriend, Olivia Lewis, the mother of two of his children.
CDI Investigators subsequently discovered an insurance claim from November 23, 2007, involving Nicky Adams' father, Albert Adams, and Adams' former girlfriend, Olivia Lewis. Albert Adams and Olivia Lewis alleged Lewis was struck by Adams' vehicle as she walked near an alley in Long Beach, CA. The claim was subsequently settled for $8,500.00. One check was issued by the insurance company to Lewis for $3,859.20 and another check was issued as a two-party check to Olivia Lewis and Bellflower Medical Center for $4,540.80 to cover the medical treatment Lewis sought following the alleged collision. Lewis, however, cashed both checks and applied for a charitable waiver at Bellflower Medical Center. Her waiver was granted and Bellflower Medical Center never received payment for the services provided.
Lewis was arrested on July 9, 2009. Lewis' accomplice, Albert Adams, is deceased. This case is being prosecuted by the Orange County District Attorney's office.
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