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Allstate Adjuster & Three Others Sentenced In Fraud Ring

Unread postby RatPak11 » Thu Aug 22, 2013 7:23 pm

http://www.thecalifornian.com/article/2 ... ck_check=1

Four men sentenced in Salinas auto insurance fraud ring
Aug. 21, 2013

A Salinas insurance adjuster and the owners of three Salinas-based auto body shops were sentenced Tuesday on felony insurance fraud-related charges, the Monterey County District Attorney’s office announced.

Meliquiades “Micky” Garibay, 42; Ricardo “Pee Wee” Robledo, 33; Jorge “George” Torrez, 35; and Sergio San Miguel, 40, were all sentenced.

On Sept. 30, 2011, the Monterey County Criminal Grand Jury indicted the five men on various counts of automobile insurance fraud, grand theft and forgery.
The indictment was a result of an in-depth investigation by the California Department of Insurance which revealed that an Allstate adjuster, Sergio San Miguel, fraudulently inflated repair estimates and improperly issued payment checks, prosecutors said. The Department of Insurance uncovered additional Salinas-based auto body shops which were linked to San Miguel in presenting and processing fraudulent insurance claims. These shops included Central Coast Auto Body, operated by David M. Ramirez, and Specialty Auto Body, operated by Garibay. It was also determined that Robledo, who worked in both shops, had also engaged in defrauding Allstate Insurance Co. Torrez, who was also engaged in the auto body business, defrauded Allstate Insurance Co., too, prosecutors said. Torrez and Robledo were also aided by San Miguel in submitting the fraudulent claims.

All four men were sentenced by Judge Julie Culver to formal probation, 180 days in county jail with restitution ordered to be paid to both Allstate Insurance Co. and Farmer’s Insurance Co. If these men do not comply with probation they each face at least five years in prison, prosecutors said. A fifth man indicted by the Grand Jury, David Ramirez, is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 10.

California Department of Insurance Detective Keri Larsen, Sgt. Felicia Dolores and Capt. Kathleen Harris led the investigation of this case with the help of District Attorney Investigator Nelda Sanders. Additional assistance was provided by the California Highway Patrol, and the National Insurance Crime Bureau.
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Re: Allstate Adjuster & Three Others Sentenced In Fraud Ring

Unread postby RatPak11 » Thu Aug 22, 2013 7:26 pm

http://www.montereycountyweekly.com/blo ... f6878.html

Four Sentenced to Jail Time in Salinas Auto Body Insurance Scheme
Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 4:02 pm
Arvin Temkar

An insurance adjuster and the operators and employees of two Salinas auto body shops were sentenced to jail time for insurance fraud yesterday, according to a statement from the Monterey County District Attorney's Office.

A 2011 investigation by the California Department of Insurance revealed Allstate adjuster Sergio San Miguel was fraudulently inflating repair estimates and improperly issuing payment checks linked to some Salinas auto shops, the DA's office says. The shops included Central Coast Auto Body, operated by David Ramirez, and Specialty Auto Body, operated by Meliquiades Garibay.

San Miguel also helped auto body employees Ricardo Robledo and Jorge Torrez submit the false claims, the DA's office says.

Garibay, Robledo, Torrez, and San Miguel were sentenced to formal probation, and 180 days in county jail with restitution ordered to be paid to both Allstate Insurance Company and Farmer's Insurance Group, the DA's office says. Ramirez is set to be sentenced Sept. 10.
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Re: Allstate Adjuster & Three Others Sentenced In Fraud Ring

Unread postby RatPak11 » Thu Aug 22, 2013 7:29 pm

http://www.montereyherald.com/localnews ... fraud-case

Men sentenced in Salinas auto insurance fraud case
The Monterey County Herald
Posted: 08/21/2013 11:42:28 AM PDTUpdated: 08/21/2013 04:12:06 PM PDT

Four men were sentenced to 180 days in jail and ordered to pay restitution to two insurance companies in a Salinas fraud ring, prosecutors said.

Meliquiades "Mickey" Garibay, 42, Ricardo "Pee Wee" Robledo, 33, Jorge Torrez, 35, and Sergio San Miguel, 40, were sentenced Tuesday on auto insurance fraud-related charges by Monterey Superior Court Judge Julie Culver.

The District Attorney's Office said they were among five men indicted in September 2011 by a grand jury after an investigation by the state Department of Insurance.

The investigation showed that an insurance adjuster inflated repair estimates and improperly issued payment checks. Two auto body shops, Central Coast Auto Boady and Specialty Auto Body, presented fraudulent claims, prosecutors said.

The defendants were ordered to pay restitution to Allstate and Farmer's insurance companies. A fifth defendant is to be sentenced Sept. 10.
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