Man Gets 270 Days in Jail for Insurance Fraud

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Monday was a day of good news for SAFE credit union and Progressive insurance; the man that filed a false stolen vehicle claim in 2010 has been ordered to pay back the $22,631.86 in restitution.

Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully announced that James Adkins, 43, was sentenced to 270 days in county jail and placed on five years formal probation on charges of insurance fraud.

Adkins was two months behind on vehicle loan payments to his credit union in 2010 and asked the help of friend, co-defendant Justin Highsmith, to get rid of his 2002 Escalade so he could file a fraudulent stolen vehicle claim with his auto insurance company. Highsmith agreed to his request and gave the vehicle to an individual who later sold it.

Adkins later admitted to the California Department of Insurance Urban Auto Task Force that he filed a fraudulent stolen vehicle report with his insurance company and with the Sacramento City Police Department.

As for Highsmith, he didn’t get off the hook and was ordered to serve 90 days in county jail and placed on felony probation after pleading no contest to a felony insurance fraud violation.

Nikki Head filed this report.

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