TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A Jacksonville man was arrested Wednesday after a state investigation found he allegedly claimed to be carjacked and then filed a false insurance claim.
Orlando Robles-Santana, 40, was charged with false insurance claims ($20,000 or more; less than $100,000), according to Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Inmate Search records.
The Florida Department of Financial Services' Division of Insurance Fraud found that Robles-Santana reported his 2004 Jaguar was carjacked by two men in a pickup truck, according to a release from the office of Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater.
A year after Robles-Santana reported the alleged theft and was reimbursed by insurance for the vehicle, police found the car at a salvage yard.
The owner of the salvage yard said he was a friend of Robles-Santana, who asked him to watch the vehicle while he was out of the country, the release detailed.
"Auto insurance fraud drives up rates for all Floridians," Atwater said in the release. "We will not stand by and let individuals like this steal the hard-earned money of honest Floridians."
Anyone with information involving suspected insurance fraud is asked to call 1-800-378-0445. Citizens who provide tips can remain anonymous. The program rewards individuals up to $25,000 for information that directly leads to an arrest and conviction in an insurance fraud scheme.
First Coast News