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Insurance agent pleads guilty to impersonating father to commit insurance fraud

Madison Voss
April 2, 2015 2:48 PM

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Mario Lizarraga, 28, a licensed insurance agent, pleaded guilty on March 16 to identity theft after impersonating his father in order to fraudulently obtain insurance coverage for a friend.

A Department of Insurance investigation revealed that Lizarraga allegedly purchased the auto insurance policy for his friend just after the uninsured friend was involved in an auto accident. By impersonating his father and purchasing coverage, Lizarraga exposed his father to unknown liability and insurance premium payments.

The Department of Insurance is asking anyone who may have purchased insurance policies from Lizarraga to contact their insurance company and confirm their insurance coverage. If any issues or transactions involving Lizarraga are discovered, contact the department's fraud unit at or call the Consumer Hotline at 800-927-4357.

In January 2015, Mario Lizarraga's license to transact insurance was revoked.

The Riverside County District Attorney's Office prosecuted the case. Lizarraga was sentenced to one day in county jail, 129 days of work release, a fine of $428.21, and $150 restitution.

Media Notes:

  • Lizarraga pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of identity theft. 



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