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Mother and two daughters found guilty of auto insurance fraud

Patrick Storm
March 19, 2013 5:07 PM

Mother and two daughters found guilty of auto insurance fraud
Faking an auto accident ends in one misdemeanor and two felony charges.

On March 12, 2013, Greta Harutyunyan, 51, and her two daughters, Stella Arutyunyan, 31, and Anush Arutyunyan, 23, from Glendale, California, pleaded guilty to insurance fraud in Orange County Superior Court.   

Back in June of 2009, Harutyunyan filed an auto insurance claim with Travelers Insurance for her vehicle, which she alleged was rear-ended by a hit-and-run driver. Harutyunyan claimed that the accident happened while she was stopped at an intersection in Santa Ana, CA. Due to conflicting statements from the family about events before and after the accident Travelers Insurance had the vehicle inspected by a vehicular accident reconstruction expert. This specialist determined the damage was more consistent with the vehicle being backed into a wall, not being struck by another car. Based on this new information and many inconsistent statements, Travelers brought the claim to the attention of the California Department of Insurance (CDI) in September of 2009.  

Investigators and Detectives from the Orange County Urban Auto Task Force (UATF) obtained numerous statements and gathered evidence by serving multiple search warrants. Evidence obtained during the investigation supported the allegations made by Travelers Insurance-that the collision was staged for the purposes of submitting a fraudulent insurance claim. Based on the investigation conducted by the UATF, the Orange County District Attorney Automobile Insurance Fraud Division filed multiple felony counts of insurance fraud on the three claimants. Arrest warrants were issued for them in August of 2012 and they were booked in the Orange County jail.

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Media Notes

Timeline:

  • June 28, 2009, Harutyunyan files claim with Travelers Casualty and Surety Company for rear-end damage by an alleged hit-and-run collision in Santa Ana, CA.
  • September 2009, Travelers referred the claim to the California Department of Insurance (CDI) investigators and detectives from the Orange County Urban Auto Task Force (UATF).    
  • August 2012, arrest warrants were issued and the three suspects were eventually booked in the Orange County jail.  
  • March 12, 2013, all three plead guilty to a combination of felony and misdemeanor charges and receive probation and community service and are ordered to pay $15,649 in restitution to Travelers Insurance within 90 days.  

Sentencing:

  • Greta Harutyunyan plead guilty to one felony and sentenced to three years of formal probation and 30 days of community service.
  • Stella Arutyunyan plead guilty to one felony. She was sentenced to three years of formal probation and 30 days of community service.
  • Anush Arutyunyan plead guilty to one misdemeanor. She was sentenced to three years of informal probation and 15 days of community service. The trio has been ordered to pay $15,649 in restitution to Travelers Insurance within 90 days.

 

 

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