CDI Arrests Sacramento Woman on Alleged Fraud

October 19, 2001

The California Department of Insurance (CDI) Criminal Investigations Branch’s Fraud Division arrested a Sacramento woman Oct. 10 on two counts of insurance fraud and one count of filing a false police report.

Tracy Denise Thorton, 23, surrendered to authorities and was booked into the Sacramento County Jail. Bail was set at $5,000. If convicted, Thorton could face up to five years in state prison and/or a maximum fine up to $50,000.

In January of 2000, Thorton allegedly reported to the California Highway Patrol her car had been stolen in Sacramento. The following month she reported the theft of the vehicle to her insurance carrier. Thorton reported to have driven her vehicle to work and that it was stolen while at work. She allegedly made statements and submitted documents to her insurance carrier to support this false claim.

A CDI investigation revealed Thorton allegedly lied about the facts surrounding the reported loss of her vehicle. Investigators determined the vehicle was purchased for Thorton’s boyfriend using her credit.

Although the vehicle was registered to Thorton, she and her boyfriend agreed the vehicle was always to be in his possession. She admitted to not driving the vehicle the day of the alleged loss. Although her boyfriend had always been in possession of the vehicle, she admitted wanting the car back because he allegedly was not paying her as agreed.

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