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Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones announces arrest of Canoga Park man for Identity Theft

Dave Althausen
July 24, 2012 2:44 PM

On January 13, 2012, Miguel Angel Rangel, 29, was arrested by California Department of Insurance (CDI) Criminal Operations, Point of Sale Investigators (COPS) after he attempted to take the CDI Life Agents license exam using false identification. Rangel was charged with seven misdemeanor counts of Identity Theft, two misdemeanor counts of Burglary, and one misdemeanor count of possessing a counterfeited seal.

In January 2012, at the request of CDI Licensing Services Division, Investigation Division COPS Investigators responded to the PSI Services testing facility located in

Burbank to conduct an identity theft investigation. CDI was notified on January 11, 2012, by PSI staff that an applicant was possibly using false identification documents or another person's identification to take a CDI Life Agent exam. Although the applicant failed the exam on January 11th, the same individual had rescheduled to take the Life Agent exam at the same facility the following day.

Investigators contacted the applicant and determined he was unlawfully using another person's identification in what investigators believe was an attempt to illegally obtain an insurance license. A fraudulent California's Driver's License was also seized from the suspect.

The Burbank City Attorney's Office prosecuted the case.

On January 25, 2012, Rangel was convicted and sentenced by the court. Rangel plead guilty to two misdemeanor counts of identity theft, 529.5(C) P.C. and 529.3 P.C., respectively. The other charges were dismissed in furtherance of justice. The subject was sentenced to summary probation for three years, 13-days in the Los Angeles County Jail, and a $300.00 fine.



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