Investigators with the California Department of Insurance (CDI) Criminal Investigations Branch’s Fraud Division announced the arrest of a Sacramento man on an insurance fraud charge.
While in custody on unrelated charges, Darrell Demetrius Brown, 30, was booked at the Sacramento County Jail on one count of insurance fraud. Bail was set at $3,000. If convicted, Brown could face up to five years in state prison and/or a maximum fine of $50,000.
According to investigators, Brown alleged he did not receive two Temporary Disability checks dated Feb. 28, 2001 and March 7, 2001 in the amount of $452.56 each. Brown signed an Affidavit of Forgery on April 30, 2001 swearing under oath that he did not receive or cash the checks. National Union Fire Insurance Company reissued a replacement check and Brown cashed it.
An investigation revealed that when one of the allegedly forged checks was cashed, a thumbprint belonging to the person who cashed it was placed on the check. The thumbprint on the check and the thumbprint Brown placed on the Notary book when he signed the Affidavit of Forgery were compared by the Department of Justice Latent Prints Unit. The forensic comparison showed both prints as a match of Brown’s thumbprint.
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