Sentencing update on glass harvesting ring
News: 2014 Press Release
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Six suspects arrested as part of a glass harvesting ring pleaded no contest to felony charges of insurance fraud and personal identification theft on Tuesday. Felisha Blackmon, Aaron Bonner, Darryl Cartwright, Bonita Clayborn, David Ludd, and Atlakea Scott all pleaded guilty to charges associated with their involvement in submitting approximately 1,000 false insurance claims for automobile windshield chip repairs.
"This case is a reminder for consumers to pay attention to all communication from your insurance company," said Commissioner Jones. "Most insurance fraud leaves a paper trail that helps our detectives to bring criminals to justice. In this case, the paper trail led to the arrest and conviction of the criminals that ripped off insurers."
The organized ring of six suspects allegedly impersonated insurance policyholders and submitted claims for windshield chip repairs to multiple insurance companies between May 23, 2011 and May 24, 2012. The group initially operated a legitimate auto glass repair business, but later began to retain consumers' policy information and filed additional fraudulent claims on consumers' policies, without policyholders' knowledge or permission.
The six defendants involved with the ring face a possible sentencing of 240 days in county jail to three years in state prison. Sentencing is set for 8 a.m. on August 6, 2014.
If you receive a notification from your insurer for an insurance claim that you did not file, you may be the victim of insurance identity theft. Please contact the Department of Insurance Consumer Hotline at 800-927-4357 for assistance.
- Booking photos available on the Department of Insurance Flickr page.
- Original arrest date: December 5, 2013 press release with full case details.
The California Department of Insurance, established in 1868, is the largest consumer protection agency in California. Insurers collect $289 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 $394 million in claims and premiums. Please visit the Department of Insurance web site at www.insurance.ca.gov. Non-media inquiries should be directed to the Consumer Hotline at 800.927.HELP or 213.897.8921. Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf (TDD), please dial 800.482.4833.