Auto Insurance Fraud Halted By California Insurance Department

Three Californians have been charged with multiple felony counts of auto insurance fraud and forgery, according to the California Department of Insurance. Luis Manuel Burgos self-surrendered to the Fresno County Jail shortly after being charged for allegedly filing fraudulent auto insurance claims on a former employee’s policy and intercepting insurance checks to receive undeserved payouts. According to court documents, two of Burgos’ former employees were also charged for their involvement.

Burgos is the owner of B&R Private Security and arranged an informal sub-lease agreement for a 2016 Lexus with his former employee. He filed several claims, or had several claims filed on his behalf, for the Lexus and his personal vehicle, a BMW, on his former employee’s insurance policy without that former employee’s knowledge, according to the California Department of Insurance.

The California Department of Insurance began an investigation and found “Burgos allegedly directed, conspired with, and/or aided another former employee, Steven Anthony Rogers.” Rogers was charged with committing several criminal violations that included intercepting insurance checks by impersonating the policyholder and forging the policyholder’s signature.

“This type of organized fraud increases auto insurance rates for all California drivers,” said Ricardo Lara, California Insurance Commissioner. “Insurers pass the cost of fraudulent claims onto other policyholders. This is not a victimless crime.”

Darlina Gutierrez Diaz was a former B&R private security employee who was involved. According to the California Department of Insurance, she was charged for filing an injury claim after being a passenger in a collision. “Diaz claimed she missed work at B&R Private Security as a result of her injuries. Her boss, Burgos, provided further documentation to support Diaz was off of work due to injury,” a portion of the California Department of Insurance investigation reads.

The investigation found the documents allegedly produced by Diaz’s treating physician to grant her time off of work were forged. When confronted with this information, Diaz claimed Burgos forged the documents.

Burgos’ arraignment is scheduled for October 28, 2020.  Rogers’ arraignment is scheduled for October 27, 2020. Diaz’s arraignment is scheduled for October 28, 2020.

The Fresno County District Attorney’s Office is prosecuting this case. Look to a future edition of glassBYTEs for continuing coverage.

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