Sounds Like a Bad Case of Regret

May 29, 2000

Following a three-month investigation, Cecil Nuncio Gloria of Stockton surrendered to authorities at the San Joaquin County Courthouse and pled guilty to one misdemeanor count of insurance fraud.

According to investigators, the 24-year-old man filed a claim with 21st Century Insurance Company on June 21, 1999, in the amount of $249.70. He alleged that four tires on his 1994 Nissan Pathfinder had been vandalized while the vehicle was parked in front of his home. Two days later, Gloria contacted 21st Century to report that the stereo in his vehicle had been stolen during the vandalism. To back up his claim, the suspect submitted a receipt from The Stereo Zone in the amount of $1,756.85.

During a routine claims check, 21st Century discovered that The Stereo Zone did not sell or install the stereo, indicating that it was now time to refer the case to the CDI Fraud Division. Investigators did their research and found The Stereo Zone deals strictly with cellular telephones and pager sales.

Gloria admitted that he found The Stereo Zone receipt and filled in the false stereo information himself. He also told investigators that he wanted to drop his claim. Due to the false information, 21st Century denied Gloria’s claim.

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