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Four defendants to be arraigned for filing false insurance claims and collecting over $50,000 in insurance payments

News: 2016 Press Release

For Release: February 2, 2016
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Four defendants to be arraigned for filing false insurance claims and collecting over $50,000 in insurance payments

SANTA ANA, Calif. – Four defendants are scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow for filing false insurance claims and collecting over $50,000 in insurance payments. The defendants are scheduled for a continued arraignment tomorrow, Feb. 3, 2016, at 8:30 a.m. in Department C-55, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

 

Defendant Name, Age, and City

Charges

Maximum Sentence

Ashot A Agdayan, 55, Newport Beach

One felony count of conspiracy to commit a fraudulent insurance claim, three felony counts of insurance fraud, and one felony count of recording a false or forged instrument

Nine years in state prison

Mariam Boghosyan, 35, Tustin

One felony count of conspiracy to commit a fraudulent insurance claim and one felony count of insurance fraud

Six years in state prison

Gina Geganush Guyumjyan, 50, Newport Beach

One felony count of conspiracy to commit a fraudulent insurance claim and three felony counts of insurance fraud

Eight years in state prison

Yervand Srapyan, 46, Tustin

One felony count of conspiracy to commit a fraudulent insurance claim and three felony counts of insurance fraud

Eight years in state prison

 

Co-defendant Vera Lusararyan, 74, Costa Mesa, is charged with one felony count of conspiracy to commit a fraudulent insurance claim and one felony count of insurance fraud. If convicted, Lusararyan faces a maximum sentence of six years in state prison. Lusararyan is currently in Armenia with a bench warrant issued for her arrest.

Circumstances of the Case

Between December 2012 and June 2015, Adgayan was the owner and manager of the Newport Cab Company and a separate luxury car service.

Agdayan and his wife Guyumjyan are accused of recruiting family members to be passengers in the taxi cabs owned by the company. Agdayan and Guyumjyan are accused of providing these family members with a script of circumstances to repeat to insurance companies in order to file claims for medical treatment sustained while they were passengers in the taxi.

On Dec. 14, 2012, Srapyan is accused of driving a taxi on the Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach. Srapyan is accused of getting into a minor traffic collision with the victim. An officer from the Newport Beach Police Department responded to the scene to assist with the accident. Srapyan is accused of being alone in the vehicle at the time of the collision Guyumjyan, Boghosyan and Lusararyan are accused of claiming to be passengers in Srapyan’s vehicle. Agdayan, Srapyan, Guyumjyan, Boghosyan and Lusararyan are accused of subsequently filing an auto insurance claim with Travelers Insurance seeking $55,500 in damages in the claim. Travelers Insurance issued a settlement to the defendants for over $22,200.

On May 14, 2013, Srapyan is accused of driving a taxi involved in an eight vehicle collision in Tustin. Agdayan is accused of claiming that he was the driver of the taxi and that Guyumjyan and Srapyan were passengers in the taxi at the time of the collision. Agdayan, Guyumjyan and Srapyan are accused of knowingly filing false insurance claims with State Farm Insurance Company for $58,000 for injuries and damages to the taxi. State Farm Insurance issued a settlement to the defendants for over $29,000.

On June 15, 2015, Agdayan is accused of filing a claim against the victim in the 2012 accident to collect money for damage done to the taxi prior to the accident.

“Southern California is ground zero for staged auto collisions, leading to tens of millions in annual losses for insurers,” said Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. “Every consumer pays for these crimes when insurers pass the losses along through higher insurance premiums.”

This case was investigated by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office and California Department of Insurance.

Deputy District Attorney Eya Garcia of the Insurance Fraud Unit is prosecuting this case.



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 www.insurance.ca.gov. 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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