Longtime cop filed bogus car insurance claims and defrauded thousands, California officials say [The Charlotte Observer] – InsuranceNewsNet

A veteran police officer has been arrested in connection with a fraudulent scheme that resulted in tens of thousands of payouts, officials said.

Adam Eatia, a 15-year veteran of the San Francisco Police Departmenthas been booked June 24 on various charges, including grand theft under false pretences, insurance fraud and identity theft, the SFPD announced Monday, June 27.

Information about Eatia’s attorney was not immediately available, the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office said. McClatchy News.

Eatia began his scheme after he and a fellow police officer purchased a 2018 Ford Mustang in the spring of 2018, according to a statement from the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. The fellow officer insured the car with Mercury Insurance under his own name. Eatia’s name did not appear on the font.

In July 2018, Eatia had a car accident, according to the press release. He did not tell the insurance company that he was the primary driver and instead claimed that he only drove the car occasionally.

Mercury eventually canceled the policy because Eatia was not licensed to drive the car. But they still “paid $6,000 in claims for the accident,” which included the cost of a rental car for Eatia, according to the statement.

Eatia then insured the car by Allstate Insurance Company in March 2019, the statement said. Eatia used her colleague’s name on the font without her consent.

“Agent Eatia allegedly posed as the owner and forged his signature to obtain Allstate insurance,” the statement said.

After insuring the vehicle, Eatia lent it to a friend who was involved in an accident that destroyed the car, according to the statement.

Eatia told the friend the car was uninsured and he owed her $49,000 to cover the cost of the car, according to the statement. Eatia took her friend’s money but also filed a claim with Allstate.

Allstate paid more than $36,000 for the claim, the statement said.

The SFPD Internal Affairs Division began its investigation in August 2019police said.

In September 2021Eatia was disarmed and transferred to a mission without public contact, police said.

An arrest warrant was issued against Eatia on June 22, police said. Eatia surrendered two days later. he posted $40,000 surety and must be brought to justice on July 25, 2022.

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