California Couple Arrested for Fraud Charges

September 28, 2001

A husband and wife who were charged with insurance fraud by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office in 1985 were arrested earlier this month after being fugitives for nearly 16 years.

Imelda and Eduardo Rodriguez were arrested in Makati City, Philippines, on Sept. 4 and Sept. 6 respectively by agents of the National Bureau of Investigation.

According to investigators from the California Department of Insurance (CDI), the Rodriguez’ secured life insurance for Imelda’s mother. Investigators say they later offered a fake death certificate in order to collect on the claim. CDI Fraud Division Investigators located the mother alive in the fall of 1985, living in Northridge, Calif.

Later, Eduardo Rodriguez secured a life insurance policy for his wife and subsequently claimed she had been killed in a car accident in the Philippines. CDI Fraud Division Investigators arrested Imelda in November of 1985. Mrs. Rodriguez was able to post bail and immediately fled to the Philippines to join her husband who was later elected governor of the Quezon province.

Extradition efforts are now underway to bring the couple back to face charges in the United States.

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