Henrietta Brice, 53, and her daughter Larrisa Coleen Brice, 24, both from Stockton, Calif., have been arrested for insurance fraud, the California Department of Insurance announced. Henrietta was booked on four felony counts including two counts of insurance fraud, one count of arson and one count of grand theft. Larissa was booked on two counts of insurance fraud. Both were arraigned on Jan.12, 2011 in San Joaquin County Superior Court. They each face fines of up to $200,000 and $100,000 respectively and five years in prison.
According to CDI investigators, on Dec. 29, 2009 Henrietta was stopped while driving her 2004 Buick Rendezvous by the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department. During this enforcement stop, Brice told the deputy that he wouldn’t be seeing her driving that car anymore and that she was going to call her insurance company and get herself a new car. On Dec. 30, 2009 an explosion was reported in the area of E. Wyman Road and S. McKinley Avenue in French Camp, CA. Brice’s vehicle was found abandoned and burning in the middle of a field. On Dec. 31, 2009, Brice called her insurance company, Unitrin Direct and reported that her 2004 Buick Rendezvous had been stolen and burned on the previous day. On Jan. 5 and Jan. 14, 2010, Henrietta made statements about the date and time that she last drove her vehicle which was impossible due to the fact that the vehicle was on fire prior to that. Brice claimed to have a flat front right tire the night prior to her vehicle being left near Davis Road and Wagner Heights in Stockton. She alleged her cell phone was dead so she was unable to call anyone for assistance.
Larrisa Coleen Brice made a statement to the insurance company that her mother called her and they discussed Larrisa giving her mother a ride to the location where she allegedly left her car. After a check of phone records, CDI said this claim was unsubstantiated. Sacramento Fraud Division investigated this case and the San Joaquin County District Attorney is prosecuting the case.
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