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Pair arrested for fraud associated with staging three fake collisions

News: 2014 Press Release

For Release: June 25, 2014
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Pair arrested for fraud associated with staging three fake collisions

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Alberto Linares, 30, and Nancy Guerrero, 29, of Los Angeles were arrested on multiple counts of filing a fraudulent claim and grand theft after allegedly staging a car collision and attempting to collect a total of $4,422 in benefits from three different insurance companies.

Investigators at the Department of Insurance received information from Sentry Insurance that Linares and Guerrero were suspected of conspiring to commit fraud by staging a fake collision. In July 2013, Linares and Guerrero were allegedly involved in an auto accident. Linares was determined to be at fault in the accident by running a red light in his Chevrolet van and striking Guerrero's Volkswagen Beetle.

Months later, in October 2013, Linares and Guerrero filed another claim, this time with Infinity Insurance. The collision on the Infinity claim happened at the same intersection and with the same vehicles detailed in the original Sentry claim, though Guerrero stated in this claim that she had been the one who had run the red light. Linares and Guerrero filed a third and final claim in January 2014, this time with Alliance United Insurance, with the same facts and details as the first two claims.

Following the Department of Insurance's investigation, Linares and Guerrero were taken into custody on June 20, 2014. Bail for Linares was set at $145,000 and $120,000 for Guerrero. The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office will be prosecuting the case.

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Media Notes:

  • No booking photos available.


The California Department of Insurance, established in 1868, is the largest consumer protection agency in California. Insurers collect $310 billion in premiums annually in California. Since 2011 the California Department of Insurance received more than 1,000,000 calls from consumers and helped recover over $469 million in claims and premiums. Please visit the Department of Insurance website at www.insurance.ca.gov. Non-media inquiries should be directed to the Consumer Hotline at 800.927.4357. Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf (TDD), please dial 800.482.4833.

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