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Once upon a time Arthur Ramirez owned a white 1992 Thunderbird. It was financed through the Ford Motor Credit Corporation and insured through Superior Insurance Company.
While visiting San Francisco in April 1992, Ramirez made a police report detailing the “theft” of his Thunderbird.
He then filed a claim with Superior — which paid off the loan at FMCC and sent a little bit to Ramirez, as well.
Ramirez continued to drive the vehicle — until the day the car was pulled over by an officer from the Stockton Police Department. Ramirez was one of the passengers, his brother was driving and it wasn’t straight lemonade they were drinking.
Ramirez slipped his license to a second passenger, Virginia Flores, and told her to hide it because he’d reported the car stolen for “insurance purposes.” Flores, feeling that she was in a peck of trouble, handed it to the officer instead.
Ho hum … Ramirez has been charged with insurance fraud and grand theft.
When you’ve been tried and convicted of workers’ compensation insurance fraud, there’s a good way to make the judge go easy in his sentencing. Get a note from the doctor saying that you’re dying of terminal cancer!
But a well-placed warning is in order to anyone planning to try this. Doctors, real doctors, spent many, many years in school and can usually spell words like intestines correctly.
Patricia Kaye Davidson’s doctor denied penning a full-of-errors letter given to the judge. He also denied having diagnosed her with cancer.
The doctor was not amused 4nd we don’t think the judge will be either!
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