DATE: October 7, 2016
CASE: Katherine Hunter-Jones (Case #14F03272)
PROSECUTOR: Deputy District Attorney Kelly Mulcahy, Insurance Fraud Unit
Katherine Hunter-Jones pled no contest to felony automobile insurance fraud and misdemeanor resisting arrest/interference with a peace officer. Hunter-Jones was sentenced to 6 months county jail, 5 years probation, and ordered to pay $18,210 restitution.
On September 4, 2012, Hunter-Jones reported her 2006 Dodge Charger stolen to the Sacramento Police Department. She reported that after taking her son to school at noon, she parked the Charger in her driveway. When she left to pick her son up from school at 3:00 p.m., she noticed her Charger was missing.
On September 5, 2012, Hunter-Jones made a claim for the “stolen” vehicle on her Progressive Auto Insurance policy and claimed the car was paid in full. After investigating, Progressive determined that Hunter-Jones was several months behind on her payments and still owed the lien holder $17,000. Her vehicle was not currently registered, and between DMV parking tickets and FasTrak, she owed an additional $2,500 before she could register her Charger. Progressive paid the lien holder approximately $14,000.
On April 11, 2014, Hunter-Jones was evicted from her rented home. She was allowed to re-enter the home and move out her belongings. After nine hours, the property manager asked Hunter-Jones and her 15-year-old daughter to leave. When Hunter-Jones refused to leave, the Sacramento Police Department was called out to help convince her to leave. Hunter-Jones then physically attacked the officers and was arrested for resisting arrest. Officers also found the “stolen” Dodge Charger parked in the driveway of that rental home. When officers asked Hunter-Jones about the car, she denied knowing anything about the car and stated she had never seen the car before.
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