ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE
SANTA ANA – Sixteen uninsured drivers were charged with insurance fraud for attempting to purchase an insurance policy, reinstate a lapsed policy, or add additional coverage after being involved in a car accident. The defendants below each face a maximum sentence ranging from one year in jail for misdemeanors to five years in state prison for the felony charges with enhancements. The defendants charged in these cases were a part of Operation Crash and Buy, which was a statewide operation cracking down on fraudulent insurance claims from uninsured drivers.
“Unfortunately, this type of insurance crime is surprisingly common,” said Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. “Insurance fraud is an expensive drain on the state’s economy that totals into the billions of dollars annually in California. This is not a victimless crime. The costs of these scams are passed along to consumers through higher rates and premiums–everyone pays for insurance fraud.” Continue reading