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News: 2012 Press Release
For Release: June 14, 2012
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Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Announces Arrest Of Fugitive Accomplice In Organized Auto Theft Ring
Two Additional Suspects Still Being Sought
Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones today announced that Louis Miller, 55, has been arrested on felony charges related to an organized automobile theft ring that was operating in the Bay Area. Miller's bail has been set at $1,000,000. If convicted he could be sentenced to 40 years in prison and fined $140,000 by the court.
According to investigators from the Urban Organized Auto Insurance Fraud Task Force, Miller was arrested by the San Jose Police Department after he was contacted regarding a disturbance over the failure to pay a cab fare. The investigation conducted by the task force resulted in the arrest of Miller on automobile insurance fraud and related charges. A second suspect in the case, Teddy Marks, was arrested on May 16, 2012 as the key figure in the theft ring. Information regarding Marks arrest can be found in a prior press release here.
Marks and Miller are believed to be the patriarchs of a criminal family that specializes in fraud. Marks's son Thomas Marks and son-in-law Eric Yonko and Miller's son Alex Miller and daughter-in-law Danielle Miller were arrested for similar charges last year arising from cases investigated by the task force.
Two additional subjects, Red Hawk aka Randy George and Monica Ristick aka Angelina Eli are also still outstanding. The Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office and CDI are asking for the public's help in locating the outstanding suspects and also if there have been contacts with any of the above named subjects as well as any information regarding the fictitious Bail Agent ID cards and FBI business card. If you have information please contact District Attorney Investigator Dale Morgan at (408) 201-8808.
The Urban Organized Automobile Fraud Insurance Task Force is comprised of investigators from the CDI, California Highway Patrol, and Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office. The case is being prosecuted by the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office. Additional assistance was provided by the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) from the California State Automobile Association (CSAA) and the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB).
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