Tuesday, 20 July 2021 22:35

17 More Defendants Arraigned in San Diego $822,000 Organized Auto Insurance Fraud Ring


...significant damage prior to being insured that was not disclosed to the carrier, or are believed to be damaged by the group after being insured.


Investigators believe ring members staged collisions in which they would purposely damage vehicles to the point of a total loss to collect an insurance claim check for the damage. Suspects also staged thefts to get insurance payouts.


In some cases, suspects filed claims shortly after taking out an insurance policy, collected a check for their reported loss, then let the policy lapse without paying the premium.


The ring victimized 12 insurance carriers including Nationwide, Stonewood, USAA, California Casualty, Allstate, State Farm, Liberty Mutual, Esurance, GEICO, Kemper, Wawanesa and AAA.


The San Diego County District Attorney’s Office is prosecuting this case.


Defendants who have been sentenced:


  • Michael Cusi Jr., 34, of San Diego---Sentenced March 3, 2020, to two years in prison and to pay $139,253 in restitution.
  • Mylipsa Santos, 24, of San Diego---Sentenced Jan. 14 to 180 days custody, two years formal probation and 160 hours community service.
  • Daniel Santos, 64, San Diego---Sentenced July 13, 2020, to five years in prison, 30 months mandatory supervision and to pay $140,017 in restitution.
  • Felipe Cardona Villareal, 27, of Tampa, FL---Sentenced Jan. 14 to 180 days custody, two years formal probation and 160 hours community service.


Defendants who have been arraigned:


  • James Cabal, 32, of Chula Vista
  • Vandarell Bonus, 30, of San Diego
  • Ana Maria Gutierrez-Herrera, 40, of San Diego
  • Cesareo Martinez, 37, of San Diego
  • Ralph Leonardo, 28, of San Diego
  • Betsy Matteotti, 37, of San Diego
  • Erick Meza Garcia, 34, of Tijuana, Mexico
  • Jackalynn Gutierrez-Herrera, 20, of San Diego
  • Malive Parker, 28, of Lemon Grove
  • Araceli Perez, 27, of San Diego
  • Cashalerie Sanchez, 26, of Vista
  • Mark Payumo, 34, of National City
  • Sebastian Torres, 29, of San Diego
  • Dulce Jasmin Hernandez-Ramirez, 23, of San Diego
  • Floyd Roberto Shaver, 58, of Tijuana, Mexico
  • Vincent Rodriguez, 25, of Chula Vista
  • Jayson Muncal, 32, of San Diego

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