SAN JOSE (BCN) — Nine people were charged in a rascal ring out of San Jose that collected some-more than $140,000 in word for artificial accidents involving older-model oppulance cars, a Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office pronounced Wednesday.
Juan Ortiz Velazquez and his common-law mother Deisy Ramirez Robles, both 27, along with 7 other people face transgression charges in a case, district attorney’s officials said.
They allegedly filed 20 feign claims between 2011 and 2015, prosecutors said.
Velazquez, who owns Carlos Body Shop, has been charged with 26 depends and could spend adult to 31 years in jail if convicted, according to prosecutors.
Robles was charged with 14 rascal depends and faces adult to 19 years in jail if convicted, prosecutor said.
Investigators during a Silicon Valley Auto Insurance Fraud Task Force dubbed a operation “Kings Row,” that is a travel in North San Jose where Velazquez, Robles and dual other physique emporium owners operated their businesses, prosecutors said.
“The defendants might have been fraudulently deleterious their possess cars, though all of us in California that have automobile word are shop-worn by rising rates caused by a millions of dollars mislaid to word fraud,” Deputy District Attorney Charlotte Chang pronounced in a statement.
In many of a cases, a defendants purchased word policies on cars and secretly settled a vehicles were concerned in accidents only days after they were purchased, prosecutors said.
In one case, Velazquez allegedly used an word process for 3 apart feign accidents on 3 opposite cars and a payout checks were traced to Robles, prosecutors said.
The feign accidents ranged from hit-and-run to crashes on state Highway 17, according to prosecutors.
The vehicles were customarily oppulance brands such as Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Jaguar and Maserati, prosecutors said.
The claims filed in a accidents were done by a defendants, who were possibly kin or tighten acquaintances of one another, and led behind to a same Kings Row automobile physique shops, according to prosecutors.
The defendants will be arraigned during a South County Courthouse in Morgan Hill, with some scheduled to seem on May 10, according to prosecutors.
Eight of a defendants are in control in Santa Clara County Main Jail while authorities are still looking for a ninth suspect, according to a state Department of Insurance.
“California is belligerent 0 for staged automobile collisions,” state Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones pronounced in a statement.
“Organized crime rings are obliged for a infancy of staged collisions, that are dear to insurers and consumers,” Jones said.
The other 7 defendants in control are 46-year-old Jose Caro Curiel of Santa Clara; 27-year-old Melissa Duarte of Hollister; 45-year-old Filomena Arreguin Lucatero of Milpitas; 39-year-old Angel Resendiz of Gilroy, 40-year-old Manuel Resendiz of Gilroy; and 25-year-old Lorenzo Robles Ramirez of San Jose.
The review began in 2012 with a tip from one of a word victimized in a case, state word officials said.
While impediment a suspects, detectives schooled Lucatero, owners of Filo’s Auto Body, was concerned in a purported scheme, according to state word officials.
Velazquez and Lucatero allegedly didn’t follow by with a work systematic on a repairs estimate, state word officials said.
Velazquez allegedly paid any of his associates $500 in sell for their accede to repairs a vehicles, send a feign claims and collect income from a word companies, state word officials said.
The companies impacted by a purported rascal were Farmers Insurance, Progressive, Permanent General Assurance Corporation and Nations General Motors Acceptance Corporation, now famous as Ally Financial, according to state word officials.