Calif. Car Dealer Charged with Fraud

February 15, 2002

Mohamad Maita, 30, turned himself in to authorities after a warrant for his arrest was issued for five felony counts of insurance fraud. He was booked into the Sacramento County Jail, with bail set at $50,000.

The California Department of Insurance Criminal Investigations Branch Fraud Division conducted an investigation that revealed Maita, the owner of Maita Auto Sales in Sacramento, filed claims against his commercial insurance policy stating vehicles at his dealership were either vandalized or stolen and recovered at a total loss. Maita purportedly submitted fraudulent documents from auto auction yards overstating the cost of the vehicles. Investigators uncovered the inconsistency when comparing the original auction paperwork to Maita’s alleged doctored submissions to his insurers.

Losses were estimated at $30,000 due to Maita’s alleged fraudulent activities. Maita faces up to five years in state prison and/or a maximum fine of $50.000 if convicted.

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