Three Fresno, Calif., individuals were charged with felony insurance fraud in two separate criminal cases, the California Department of Insurance reported. Harjinder Singh was arrested May 6. Singh was additionally charged with felony arson and perjury.
In a separate case, Karmjit Mann was arrested on May 11; and Nirmaljeet Singh, Karmjit’s husband, self-surrendered to authorities on May 7. Nirmaljeet Singh was additionally charged with falsely reporting a crime.
According to CDI, on March 24, 2007, Harjinder Singh reported that his big rig caught fire while he was driving along I-40. Singh then filed a claim with his insurance carrier, reporting the loss. The Urban Organized Auto Insurance Fraud Task Force later discovered that the fires which burned the vehicle were intentionally set. Investigators allege that Singh purposely set fire to his vehicle in an attempt to receive a $35,000 payout from his insurance company.
On Sept. 9, 2008, Nirmaljeet Singh reported the theft of his big rig to the Fresno Police Department. Task force detectives discovered that the big rig was never parked at the reported theft location. Singh’s wife, Karmjit Mann, allegedly provided false supporting statements indicating that she had picked up her husband from the reported theft location. The two allegedly attempted to defraud their insurance company of approximately $40,000.
The Fresno County District Attorney’s Office is prosecuting these cases.
The Urban Organized Auto Insurance Fraud Task Force is comprised of investigators from the California Department of Insurance and the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office. The task force targets any form of auto insurance fraud, including staged theft and vandalism, staged auto accidents and other types of organized insurance fraud.