Calif. Man Arrested in Auto Fraud Scam

September 16, 2005

San Bernardino (Calif.) District Attorney Investigators, working
with the Newport Beach Police Department, recently arrested Michael David Hebert, 38, of Newport Beach on suspicion of committing auto insurance fraud.

On April 17, 2004, Hebert’s 2004 Mitsubishi Galant was involved in a hit and run accident with a semi truck and trailer on SR 60 near Archibald Ave., in the city of Ontario. The accident was investigated by the California Highway Patrol (CHP), who identified Hebert as the driver of the Mitsubishi. Hebert reportedly left the scene on foot prior to their arrival. The Mitsubishi was not drivable. Officials said Hebert then reported his vehicle as stolen and submitted a claim to his insurance company.

A subsequent investigation by the District Attorney’s Office resulted in several counts of Insurance Fraud being filed against Hebert, and a felony warrant being issued for his arrest.

Last month, District Attorney Investigators drove to Newport Beach and contacted detectives. Newport Beach detectives located Hebert’s place of employment and arrested Hebert without incident.

Hebert was turned over to District Attorney Investigators and interviewed. He was booked into Newport Beach city jail on the felony warrant. Bail was set at $100,000.

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