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Los Angeles family of three arrested for auto insurance fraud

News: 2014 Press Release

For Release: May 13, 2014
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Los Angeles family of three arrested for auto insurance fraud
Insurance Commissioner reminds drivers to get insured--before you get in an accident

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Last week Department of Insurance detectives arrested three individuals of the Monita family from San Pedro for conspiring to commit auto collision fraud. Alejandro Monita, 54; Natalia Sofia Monita, 53; and Carlos Guzman Monita, 27, were taken into custody for their roles in fabricating the timeline of an auto collision in which Alejandro Monita was involved while he was uninsured. Allegedly the Monita's falsified information about the accident, including the date that it occurred on, in order to have their insurer cover the damages.

"This case serves as an example to other drivers that being insured before something happens is essential," said Commissioner Dave Jones. "Had Mr. Monita been insured when the collision occurred he would never have committed this fraud. Instead, this lack of preparedness will cost him and his family dearly."

The California Department of Insurance investigated the auto collision that involved Alejandro Monita and another vehicle. According to department detectives, Carlos Monita, son of Alejandro and Natalia Monita (wife), reported that Alejandro and another vehicle were involved in an accident on the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro on November 23, 2013.

During an interview, Alejandro Monita admitted his involvement in a collision on September 23, 2013 and that he had no insurance coverage at that time. The investigation further revealed that Natalia Monita, at her husband's request, purchased an insurance policy after Alejandro was involved in the September collision, with the intent that the family would file a claim for the damages caused by the September accident.

This case is being prosecuted by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. If convicted the Monita's face a maximum of five years in county jail.


Media Note:

The California Department of Insurance, established in 1868, is the largest consumer protection agency in California. Insurers collect $310 billion in premiums annually in California. Since 2011 the California Department of Insurance received more than 1,000,000 calls from consumers and helped recover over $469 million in claims and premiums. Please visit the Department of Insurance website at Non-media inquiries should be directed to the Consumer Hotline at 800.927.4357. Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf (TDD), please dial 800.482.4833.

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