Benicia man sentenced to 11 years for felony auto fraud
News: 2018 Press Release
FAIRFIELD, Calif. — Lamont Jarome James, 34, of Benicia was sentenced to 11 years in state prison for felony auto insurance fraud.
"By continuing to work with our law enforcement partners like the Solano County District Attorney's Office, we hope to send a deterrent message to individuals who think they can game the system after shirking their financial responsibility," said Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. "Every consumer pays for insurance fraud when insurers pass along these losses through higher premiums."
James was involved in an auto accident when he rear-ended another vehicle. At the time of the accident, James did not have auto insurance. Later that day James contacted Sentry Insurance to obtain coverage for his vehicle. He then filed a claim the next day, falsely stating the accident occurred after he purchased insurance.
The fraud was discovered when Sentry contacted the other driver involved in the accident. Sentry denied the claim and referred the case to the department. During the course of the investigation department investigators discovered James had contacted the other driver involved in the accident and asked them to participate in the fraud, to which the other driver refused.
James was arrested March 28, 2017 and was booked into Solano County Jail. This case was prosecuted by the Solano County District Attorney's Office.
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