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Central Valley alleged fraudster arraigned for $50,000 insurance scheme

News: 2020 Press Release

For Release: July 2, 2020
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Central Valley alleged fraudster arraigned for $50,000 insurance scheme

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Robert Pratt, 55, was arraigned on multiple felony counts of insurance fraud, forgery, and grand theft after allegedly falsifying insurance claims to receive over $50,000 in payouts he was not entitled to receive.

An investigation by the Department of Insurance revealed Pratt filed three separate claims with AFLAC and Colonial Life Insurance claiming to have been injured after falling from a bike and later falling while waterskiing. Pratt filed continuing disability claim forms associated with those two accidents, some containing forged signatures, affirming his injuries and furthering his schemes. Pratt was paid $47,199 by AFLAC and $5,705 by Colonial Life Insurance based on his fraudulent insurance claims.

Pratt was arraigned in Kern County Superior Court on June 18, 2020, after he was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport. The Kern County District Attorney’s Office is prosecuting this case.

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