Two Davis, CA, residents are facing multiple felony charges after being arrested on suspicion of being involved in an auto insurance fraud scheme.
Davis residents Aaron Curtin, 42, and Andres Castellanos, 27, were arraigned on multiple felony charges, including arson and insurance fraud.
Curtin reported his 2009 Audi A4 stolen April 20. Police later found the vehicle, which was incinerated. The California Department of Insurance stated its investigation later showed Castellanos had assisted in burning the vehicle.
The scheme caused an $8,362 loss to Curtin’s insurance company, according to the department.
“When Curtin filed an insurance claim, he told his insurance company he did not know who stole the vehicle, he did not loan the vehicle to anyone and didn’t allow anyone to drive the vehicle,” a statement from the California Department of Insurance said. “Curtin also claimed the vehicle was in good running condition prior to the alleged theft.”
The department investigated the case, and realized Curtin’s Audi had previously had a blown engine, with estimated repair costs over $8,000. Curtin did not have the engine repaired, and his vehicle was towed from the repair shop. The California Department of Insurance also said Curtin had...