DATE: December 7, 2016
CASE: Grandon David DeMasters & Sandra Jean DeMasters (Case #16FE010741)
PROSECUTOR: Deputy District Attorney Kelly Mulcahy, Insurance Fraud Unit
Grandon David DeMasters and his wife, Sandra Jean DeMasters, pled guilty to felony insurance fraud.
On July 16, 2015, the defendants’ 21-year-old son, Grandon Dylan DeMasters, left a bar near Isleton on a Harley Davidson motorcycle owned by the defendants. He rode at a high rate of speed, passing motorist Wing Joe. Moments later, Grandon Dylan DeMasters crashed the motorcycle on the side of the road and left it on the roadway. As Mr. Joe came around a bend, he hit the motorcycle. The Harley then burst into flames, totaling both vehicles.
On July 17, 2015, Grandon David DeMasters started an insurance policy on the wrecked Harley Davidson and did not disclose the accident. Sandra Jean DeMasters made a claim and stated her husband crashed the motorcycle. Both defendants gave additional statements to Pacific Specialty Insurance (PSI) in support of their fraudulent claim. On November 2, 2015, PSI paid off the $12,889 loan on the Harley Davidson and paid $2,000 to the defendants for other associated losses. On November 3, 2015, Mr. Joe’s insurance company sought subrogation against PSI and the fraud was discovered.
The Honorable James McFetridge sentenced both defendants to 60 days in jail, 5 years formal probation, and ordered them to pay $16,119 to PSI and $1,000 to Wing Joe in restitution.
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