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Friends Arrested In Staged Sacramento Auto Collision And Insurance Fraud

News: 2012 Press Release

For Release: October 29, 2012
Media Calls Only: 916-492-3566
Friends Arrested In Staged Sacramento Auto Collision And Insurance Fraud
Four suspects allegedly deny knowing each other, but were friends on social media site

Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones today announced that Susan Lee, 24, Angelique Jones, 20, and Angela Medeiros, 40, of Sacramento have been arrested on three felony counts each of insurance fraud. The bail for the three ranges from $20,000 to $50,000. A fourth suspect, Krystelmaree Marquez, 23, also of Sacramento has an outstanding arrest warrant. Her bail is set at $25,000.

According to detectives, on December 11, 2011, Marquez rented a U-Haul truck and added the extra insurance protection policy. On December 12, 2011, while driving the U-Haul truck, Marquez was involved in a traffic collision with a Toyota Yaris driven by Medeiros with Lee and Jones as passengers. As a result of the accident, Lee, Jones, Marquez, and Medeiros all claimed injuries. During recorded statements with the insurance companies, Marquez denied knowing the three suspects in the car, Medeiros, Jones, and Lee. Medeiros, Jones, and Lee also denied knowing Marquez. It was discovered through records, including Facebook that Lee, Jones, Marquez, and Medeiros did, in fact, know each other and they are all alleged to be friends. Detectives estimated the potential loss to the insurance company at approximately $37,359.

Upon their arrest, Lee, Jones, and Medeiros were booked into the Sacramento County Jail on insurance fraud charges which included providing false statements in support of an insurance claim and participating in a vehicle collision for the purpose of submitting a false insurance claim. The final outstanding suspect, Marquez, recently moved and attempts to locate her have been unsuccessful. If convicted on all felony counts, each suspect could face between two to five years in state prison and/or a fine of $50,000.

This case was investigated by the California Department of Insurance Organized Automobile Fraud Interdiction Program from the Sacramento Regional Office and it is being prosecuted by the Sacramento County District Attorney's office.

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