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Insurance Commissioner Jones announces arrests of four Shasta County friends for Insurance Fraud

Dave Althausen
August 4, 2011 9:37 AM

On June 15, 2011 Lindsi Ramos, 25, Dannie Rodrigue, 29, Casey Hamlet, 28, and Samantha Perry, 21 were arrested by investigators from the Shasta County District Attorney's Office and the California Department of Insurance (CDI), Fraud Division for conspiring to commit insurance fraud by driving a vehicle into a canal in Shasta County and reporting the vehicle stolen. All have been charged with violating sections 182 (a) Conspiracy, 548 (a) Destruction of Insured Property, 550 (a) (1) Insurance Fraud and 550 (b) (2) Insurance Fraud, for violating the penal code and insurance code. If convicted, all could face up to 5 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

As a result of a joint investigation between the Shasta County District Attorney's Office, the California Department of Insurance, Fraud Division, and the California Highway Patrol, investigators found that Ramos, Rodrigue, Hamlet, and Perry conspired to strip, burn, dump, and then report stolen a Ford Mustang insured by Ramos. Rodrigue drove the Mustang towards Battle Creek Reservoir where they had planned to strip and dump the car. He crashed the Mustang while en route to the dump site and the car ended up partially submerged in an irrigation canal. On May 15, 2009, in the early morning hours, the CHP recovered the Mustang submerged in the irrigation canal. On this same date, Ramos reported the Mustang as stolen to the CHP and claimed to have no knowledge of the theft. Ramos made an insurance claim directly after reporting the Mustang stolen. Ramos, Rodrigue, and Perry later made statements to Law Enforcement admitting their involvement with the false report of automobile theft and disposal of the Mustang into the canal.

Investigation and interviews revealed that Ramos, Rodrigue, Hamlet and Perry all conspired together to get rid of a Ford Mustang insured by Ramos. Had Ramos and her friends been successful, the fraud would have resulted in a $14,527.00 loss for Progressive Casualty Insurance Company. The case is being prosecuted by the Shasta County District Attorney.



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