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Defendant Sentenced for Felony Grand Theft

DATE:  July 5, 2016

CASE:  Nairi Kirakosyan

PROSECUTOR:  Deputy District Attorney Alan Hengel, Insurance Fraud Unit

Nairi Kirakosyan was sentenced to 150 days in county jail and placed on 5 years formal probation.  On June 3, 2016, Kirakosyan pled no contest to felony grand theft.

On April 9, 2014, Kirakosyan staged a car accident by purposely driving his vehicle off the road and into a palm tree. His accomplice, Artak Aghajanyan, acted as a lookout and then got into the front passenger seat after the accident.  At the time of the accident, Kirakosyan had auto insurance with Bristol West Insurance Company.

Both Kirakosyan and Aghajanyan told the Rancho Cordova Police Department the accident was caused by another vehicle side swiping their car. Both of them sought emergency medical treatment for injuries they said they received from the accident. They were also treated by a chiropractor for their alleged soft tissue injuries. Unbeknownst to them, a witness had seen the staged accident and had seen Aghajanyan get into the car after the crash.

Kirakosyan and Aghajanyan hired an attorney who then filed a lawsuit on their behalf against Bristol West for their alleged medical injuries.  They demanded $50,000 from the insurance company for Kirakosyan’s and Aghajanyan’s alleged injuries. The insurance company paid Kirakosyan more than $7,000 for the damages to his car, but refused to pay for Kirakosyan’s and Aghajanyan’s alleged injuries.

Aghajanyan fled the country and remains at large.

This case was investigated by the Sacramento County Auto Theft Task Force and detectives from the California Department of Insurance Urban Auto Fraud Unit. This case was prosecuted by the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Urban Auto Fraud Unit.

 

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