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Northridge wife arraigned for alleged insurance fraud following husband's high-speed pursuit

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For Release: November 2, 2020
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Northridge wife arraigned for alleged insurance fraud following husband's high-speed pursuit

ORANGE, Calif. — Glory Ghosh, 24, of Northridge, was arraigned today on multiple felony counts of insurance fraud after allegedly filing a fraudulent insurance claim stating her car was stolen after being involved in a high-speed pursuit, likely in an attempt to avoid any criminal charges.

An investigation by the Department of Insurance revealed that Ghosh filed a claim with Farmers Insurance stating her vehicle had been stolen by an unknown male. In her claim, Ghosh stated she was at a nightclub in Costa Mesa for a birthday party and after leaving with an unidentified male, she exited her 2012 Audi Q5 and he stole her vehicle. The car was then involved in a high-speed pursuit throughout Orange County with the California Highway Patrol. After discontinuing the pursuit due to excessive speeds over 120 mph, CHP located the vehicle stopped at an intersection and clearly saw the male behind the wheel. However, the vehicle fled again, initiating a second pursuit. CHP later identified the driver as Ghosh’s husband, Kumar Harsh, 27, of Norwalk.

After conducting an investigation, CHP arrested Harsh for reckless evading and driving on a suspended license. Ghosh's claim was filed the day after the vehicle was supposedly stolen. After initially stating her vehicle was taken by an unknown male who was with her while she was leaving the club, Ghosh later changed her story and claimed the vehicle was taken from the club's valet parking lot. Ghosh's fraudulent actions were likely made in an attempt to avoid any criminal charges for her husband, Harsh.

A warrant was issued with bail in the amount of $1 million. Ghosh subsequently self-surrendered and was arraigned today in the Orange County Superior Court Department C55. The Orange County District Attorney's Office is prosecuting this case.

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