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Fresno father and son charged with auto insurance fraud

News: 2020 Press Release

For Release: February 26, 2020
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Fresno father and son charged with auto insurance fraud

FRESNO, Calif. — Rashpal Virk, 57, and son, Arwinder Virk, 26, were charged with felony counts of auto insurance fraud after allegedly falsifying an insurance claim in order to receive an undeserved payout from an insurance company.

An investigation by the Department of Insurance revealed Rashpal insured his Ford F-150 with GEICO Insurance Company; however, due to non-payment of premium the policy lapsed in October 2018 and Rashpal's vehicle was uninsured.

On November 26, 2018, Rashpal's other son, Yadwinder, was driving the Ford F-150 when he rear-ended another vehicle causing damage to the front end of the F-150. Less than two hours after the collision, Rashpal purchased a new insurance policy with Progressive Insurance Company. 

On November 29, 2018, three days after the accident occurred, Rashpal filed a claim with Progressive and falsified details of how and when the accident and damage to the F-150 occurred. Both Rashpal and his son, Arwinder, made false statements in an attempt to receive an undeserved insurance payout of approximately $28,000.   

Arraignment for both suspects is set for April 21, 2020, at 8:30 a.m. at the Fresno County Superior Courthouse. This case is being prosecuted by Fresno County District Attorney’s Office Deputy District Attorney Victor Lai.


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