San Jose Man Charged With Auto Insurance Fraud

January 21, 2009

Kurt Bernard Lucas, 44, of San Jose, Calif., was charged with automobile insurance fraud and perjury. If convicted, Lucas could face up to five years in prison and $10,000 in fines.

An Urban Auto Task Force investigation revealed that Lucas allegedly presented a false stolen vehicle claim to his automobile insurance company. On Aug. 22, 2008, Lucas allegedly reported that his Jaguar had been stolen. Investigators discovered that he had sold the vehicle on Aug. 15, 2008 for $5,000. A few days later, Lucas requested his car back from the individual who purchased it. His request was denied. Lucas then allegedly reported the vehicle stolen and filed a claim with his insurance company. He ultimately confessed to investigators and apologized for filing the false report.

The Urban Auto Task Force consists of CDI, CHP, and Santa Clara District Attorney Investigators. This case is being prosecuted by the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office.

Source: CDI

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