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Six arrested for insurance fraud in falsified accident that never happened

Dave Althausen
May 3, 2013 11:09 AM

ORANGE COUNTY - On Wednesday, April 24, 2013, six of eight suspects were arrested and each charged with one felony count of Conspiracy to Commit Insurance Fraud and multiple counts of Insurance Fraud charges.  If convicted on all felony counts, suspects could face up to five years in state prison and a fine of $50,000.   The suspects are being held at the Orange County Jail in lieu of $30,000 bail.  Suspect Jose Ovidio Castaneda, Anaheim (44) is not in custody and has an outstanding arrest warrant.  Suspect Juan Antonio Castaneda was previously deported due to unrelated circumstances.

Infinity Insurance reported the suspected claim to the Fraud Division, Orange Regional office on a suspicious two vehicle collision occurring on September 12, 2011, involving questionable damages and a body shop in Santa Ana, CA.

Gilberto Rosales reported he allegedly rear ended, Jose A. Castaneda who was driving a 2006 Mazda RX8 with four passengers.  All passengers in the Mazda were claiming injury as a result of this collision and sought medical treatment from a chiropractor in Anaheim.

Infinity initially suspected insurance fraud based on an inspection of the Mazda at the body shop and a belief that there was insufficient room inside the rear seat area to fit two individuals.

Infinity conducted an additional investigation and found that this same Mazda was involved in at least two other insurance claims prior to 2010.  Prior claims were made with Mercury Insurance and Allstate Insurance. An accident reconstruction was requested and the evidence obtained during the investigation by the Orange County Urban Auto Task Force (UATF) supported Infinity's allegations that the collision was staged for the purpose of submitting a fraudulent insurance claim. 

The investigation further revealed three of the suspects had a Driver's License, and or an Identification Card issued by the State of Washington utilizing the same address.  Based on this and other evidence, the suspects are believed to have conspired to give fraudulent statements, forge repair invoices, and file injury claims in an attempt to commit insurance fraud.

Upon their arrest all were booked into the Orange County Jail.  This case was investigated by the Orange County Urban Auto Fraud Task Force and is being prosecuted by the Orange County District Attorney's office, Auto Insurance Fraud.  

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Media Notes

List of suspects:

            Juan Antonio Castaneda, Anaheim (33) - deported

            Jose Ovidio Castaneda, Anaheim (44) - outstanding arrest warrant

            Jose Arnoldo Castaneda, Anaheim (26)

            Alexander Gallego; Garden Grove (30)

            Alfonso Cruz, Anaheim (40)

            Maria Christina Medina, Santa Ana (34)

            Rudy Franco Recino, Los Angeles (47)

            Gilberto Rosales, Santa Ana (33)




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