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5 accused of insurance fraud totaling $900K

7:03 PM, May 16, 2013   |    comments
Aleta Pinkney, Louis Lovett
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SACRAMENTO, CA - Five Sacramento-area residents have been arrested on suspicion of cheating insurers after allegedly filing more than 1,900 fraudulent claims for damaged or stolen high-end cellphones to receive replacement phones.

The California Department of Insurance says the claims totaled more than $900,000.

Insurance department investigators allege three employees of a major mobile phone service provider accessed the account information of customers to file the false claims.

The alleged fraud was first reported by Asurion Insurance Services in December, 2010.

Investigators said they did not find evidence of the suspects using customers' personal identifying or personal account information. 

The Sacramento County District Attorney's Office has filed felony  conspiracy, grand theft, unlawful possession of the identification of 10 or more individuals, and making fraudulent insurance claims charges against Louis Lovett, 29;  Aleta Pinkney, 32; Antonio Miller, 24; Anthony Stanford, 24; and  Adi Qalivutu, 22. Bail was set from $25,000 to $50,000.


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