SAN FERNANDO – Three Los Angeles males concerned in staging auto accidents on native freeways had been sentenced Monday, Nov. 22, to state jail and ordered to pay almost $344,000 in restitution after pleading no contest to insurance coverage fraud and assault prices.
The case in opposition to Victor Valle-Diaz, Eduardo Retana and Ausencio Gomez stemmed from 15 crashes involving 21 victims — a few of whom suffered extreme accidents — between January 2020 and September 2020, in response to the Los Angeles County District Legal professional’s Workplace.
Valle-Diaz, 55, was sentenced to seven years behind bars in connection along with his plea to 3 counts of assault utilizing pressure prone to produce nice bodily damage and one rely of insurance coverage fraud, in response to Deputy District Legal professional Alex Karkanen.
Retana, 25, pleaded no contest to 2 counts of assault utilizing pressure prone to produce nice bodily damage and one rely of insurance coverage fraud. He was sentenced to 6 years in jail.
Gomez, 46, pleaded no contest to at least one rely every of insurance coverage fraud and assault utilizing pressure prone to produce nice bodily damage. He was sentenced to 4 years in state jail.
All three defendants admitted an enhancement of greater than $100,000 in losses, and had been collectively ordered to pay $343,883 in restitution to the insurance coverage corporations, the prosecutor stated.
Restitution continues to be pending for the victims, in response to Karkanen.
“Purposefully inflicting car collisions could cause grave accidents and even demise for the harmless victims of an car insurance coverage scheme,” District Legal professional George Gascón stated in an Aug. 30 assertion asserting the costs.