In the state of California, insurance fraud is a serious crime. Those accused of insurance fraud face felony charges and, along with those charges, a whole host of potential penalties. In addition to the criminal consequences of a conviction, those accused of committing insurance fraud face a serious threat to their careers; health care providers, auto mechanics, and other professionals found guilty of this offense could lose their licenses, putting their livelihood, reputation, and very future at stake. If you or someone you care about is under investigation for or has been charged with insurance fraud, this is not something to take lightly. We invite you to continue reading to learn more about insurance fraud in California, including what it is and what penalties you could face, or contact Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners today to discuss your situation with an experienced criminal defense attorney at our firm. Your initial consultation is entirely free and completely confidential.
Understanding Insurance Fraud in California
Insurance fraud is a crime committed by a person (usually the insured) against the insurance company where the person knowingly lies to the insurance company in order to obtain a payment they are not legally entitled to. If the insurance claims adjuster suspects the claim is fraudulent, it will assign the claim to the Fraud Department for further investigation and subsequently to a detective and the local prosecutor’s office. Any type of phony, fake, or fraudulent insurance claim can result in criminal prosecution including auto collision or theft, homeowner’s, and medical insurance. Actual loss to the insurance company is not required as long as the prosecutor can prove the suspect had the intent to defraud and commit the crime. This can lead to misdemeanor or felony charges and, if convicted, could result in heavy fines and restitution, as well as incarceration in county jail or state prison.
How The Attorneys at Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners Can Help
The criminal defense attorneys at Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners are experienced insurance fraud attorneys. We have over 50 years of combined criminal law experience. We will put our knowledge and skill to work for you. Call us before you make a statement to the investigator or detective. They will record your statement. Hiring the right attorney as soon as possible is important to avoiding criminal charges or having your case dismissed.
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