Aleta Pinkney, Louis Lovett
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
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.