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Los Angeles resident’s sleight of hand leads to 19 felony charges and arrest for insurance fraud

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For Release: March 6, 2015
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Los Angeles resident’s sleight of hand leads to 19 felony charges and arrest for insurance fraud

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - California Department of Insurance investigators arrested Mitchell Lee King, 53, for alleged healthcare disability fraud and charged him with 19 felony counts including grand theft, forgery, filing a false claim and providing a material misstatement. Investigators allege King received more than $20,000 not owed to him.

"Putting a stop to health insurance fraud is vital to the well-being of California's economy," said Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. "Every successful case is a win for consumers who ultimately end up paying for fraud when the losses are passed along though higher premiums."

Over the course of four years, King filed disability claims with his insurer stating he was not working. King's assertion was supported by forged physician's statements and falsified statements from his employer authorizing his total disability. The investigation revealed King's forgery and fraudulent claims. Based on the false documents provided, King received more than $20,000 from his insurer, which he allegedly used to pay off his vehicle loan.

King was booked into the Los Angeles County Inmate Reception Center with bail set at $290,000. If convicted on all counts, King faces a maximum of 16 years in state prison. This case is being prosecuted by the Los Angeles District Attorney's office.

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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 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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