Ontario woman accused of insurance fraud after dumping her vehicle in aqueduct

News headline from the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office:

Investigators from the District Attorney’s Office arrested a 25-year-old Ontario woman accused of filing a false insurance claim after she allegedly dumped her car in a local aqueduct.

On January 13, Raquel Aguilar purchased a new insurance policy for her 2002 Volkswagen Jetta.  About an hour-and-a-half later, her vehicle was recovered from the California Aqueduct during a pre-planned sweep by the San Bernardino County Auto Theft Task Force.

Investigators from the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office believe that Aguilar’s motive to dump her car in the aqueduct was because of her financial troubles, and that she had obtained an insurance policy to cover the outstanding loan on the car in the event of the vehicle’s loss.

After Aguilar’s vehicle was retrieved from the channel, the lien holder was contacted and an insurance claim was promptly filed.  Suspicions arose during processing of the claim, at which point the District Attorney’s Office was contacted to investigate the possibility of a fraudulent claim.

According to Senior Investigator Mark Anderson, people tend to think that cheating the insurance company is not a crime because they have been paying the premiums for so long.

“Unfortunately, we are finding in many cases that people sometimes want to take an illegal short cut with their automobile problems,” said Anderson.  “But it’s better to just take the hit on your credit score rather than face time in jail.”

Aguilar was booked into the West Valley Detention Center for the warrant and her bail was set at $50,000.

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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

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