Thursday, 17 September 2020 19:12

Three Suspects At Large in Sacramento-Area Auto Fraud Scheme


Three suspects are at large after being charged with insurance fraud and conspiracy for their alleged involvement in an automobile insurance fraud scheme where they staged vehicle damage in order to submit bogus vandalism claims for undeserved insurance payouts.

After receiving a referral from GEICO, the California Department of Insurance launched an investigation that resulted in Malissa Anne Nuckles, 39, of Antelope, CA, admitting she submitted a false vandalism claim involving her 2003 BMW that she recently purchased from a Sacramento used car dealership, Abe’s Motorsports. The BMW was covered in scratches that led to the totaling of the vehicle.


David Mohammadi, 37, of Sacramento, from Abe's Motorsports, sent GEICO the sales contract for the BMW. The investigation found the vehicle was on the dealership lot for approximately two years prior to being sold to Nuckles and that the dealership was likely trying to eliminate old inventory.


During the investigation, Nuckles admitted the vandalism was staged and that Mohammadi directed her in filing the claim. Nuckles also disclosed her husband, Jeffrey Combs, 54, worked as a mechanic for Abe’s Motorsports.


Department detectives later discovered Combs filed a similar vandalism claim where his 2006 Chevy Cobalt sustained numerous panel scratches that totaled the car. Combs also allegedly purchased the car from Mohammadi.

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