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Bakersfield area couple arrested on felony auto fraud charges

News: 2017 Press Release

For Release: October 10, 2017
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Bakersfield area couple arrested on felony auto fraud charges
BAKERSFIELD, Calif - Parneet Kaur, 34, and her husband Sarabjit Singh, 46, both of Bakersfield, surrendered to authorities and were charged with multiple felony counts for allegedly conspiring to defraud their insurance company into paying for a collision that was not covered under their policy.

In September 2016, the two were involved in a crash causing damage to the other driver's vehicle and totaling their 2012 Toyota Camry.

In his initial statement, following the crash, Singh reported he was driving, but was not covered as a driver on the auto policy. He changed his statement and claimed his wife Parneet was actually driving. As a result, Progressive Insurance paid over $11,600 to the lienholder.

When the claim adjuster interviewed the other driver involved in the crash, they reported Singh was actually driving the car at the time of the crash. Suspecting possible fraud, Progressive referred the case to the Department of Insurance for investigation. Detectives' uncovered evidence that the couple allegedly provided false statements to the insurance company, in an attempt to collect on the policy even though they did not have the coverage. The Kern County District Attorney is prosecuting this case.

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MEDIA NOTES:
  • No photos available.
  • Sarabjit Singh surrendered to authorities at the Kern County Jail on Friday, October 7 and made bail the same day.
  • Parneet Kaur surrendered to authorities at the Kern County Jail on Monday, October 9 and was still in custody as of Monday afternoon.  


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