Three Sacramento women have been arrested and a fourth is sought in a case of alleged insurance fraud.
State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones announced today that Susan Lee, 24, Angelique Jones, 20, and Angela Medeiros, 40, have been arrested on three felony counts each of insurance fraud. The fourth suspect, Krystelmaree Marquez, 23, also of Sacramento, has an outstanding arrest warrant.
According to detectives, on Dec. 11, 2011, Marquez rented a U-Haul truck and added the extra insurance protection policy. The following day, while driving that vehicle, Marquez was involved in a collision with a Toyota Yaris driven by Medeiros, with Lee and Jones as passengers. As a result of the collision, all four women claimed injuries.
In recorded statements with the insurance companies, Marquez denied knowing the three women in the car. Medeiros, Jones and Lee also denied knowing Marquez. Through records, including Facebook, investigators discovered that the four women knew each other and were alleged to be friends, a Department of Insurance news release states.
Detectives estimated the potential loss to the insurance company was $37,359.
Lee, Jones and Medeiros were booked into Sacramento County Jail on suspicion of insurance fraud, including providing false statements in support of an insurance claim and participating in a vehicle collision for the purpose of submitting a false insurance claim. Authorities said Marquez recently moved and attempts to locate her have been unsuccessful.
The case was investigated by the California Department of Insurance Organized Automobile Fraud Interdiction Program from the Sacramento Regional Office and is being prosecuted by the Sacramento District Attorney's Office.