Thursday, June 12, 2008

Californian Pleads Guilty to Auto Insurance Fraud

Ventura County District Attorney Gregory Totten announced Wednesday that Salvador Rosas Castillo (DOB 6/17/72) of Oxnard , pleaded guilty to felony auto insurance fraud.

According to detectives from the Ventura County Auto Theft Task Force, on Sept. 15, 2007, co-defendant Norma Fonseca reported to police that her 2002 Honda Accord was stolen from the front of her residence. Later that same day, she filed a claim for her “stolen vehicle” with her insurance company, Infinity Insurance.

On Dec. 17, 2007, Oxnard police officers responded to an unrelated call at GT Auto Electric repair shop in Oxnard . Castillo is the owner of GT Auto Electric. While at the location, officers discovered Fonseca's “stolen vehicle” inside Castillo's repair shop. Additional investigation reportedly revealed Fonseca conspired with Castillo to hide her vehicle in his shop so that she could report her car as stolen and collect insurance money.

Castillo's sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 14, 2008, in courtroom 12 of the Ventura County Superior Court. Fonseca previously pleaded guilty to felony auto insurance fraud. Her sentencing is set for July 9, 2008, in courtroom 12.

They each face a maximum penalty of five years in state prison and up to $50,000 in fines.

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