The Riverside County District Attorney's (DA) Office has charged six
fraud for their alleged role in what prosecutors call a scheme, which involved
forging documents for the purpose of getting unsafe vehicles to pass auto
According to a statement released by the Riverside County DA's Office,
a three-year investigation by the California Highway Patrol's Inland
Division focused on the six suspects and a Riverside, California auto
business. Arrests were made and charges were filed after the investigation
came to a close by late May 2014.
Court documents allege that this vehicle fraud conspiracy involved repeated
acts of bypassing the California Highway Patrol's salvage inspection
program. According to prosecutors, these acts created the possibility
of putting unsafe vehicles on California roads. Prosecutors also claim
the alleged conspirators were able to bypass outstanding sales tax charges
owed on used automobiles.
In late May 2014, investigators served search warrants on the business
implicated in this alleged fraud ring.
By June 3, 2014, five of the six suspects were arrested and according to
The Riverside Press Enterprise, a sixth suspect was still at large.
California Fraud Law
In the state of California, the crime of fraud comprehensively includes
several different offenses. Under California law, fraud is generally classified
as the following:
(1) An act that resulted in an unfair benefit for the defendant and/ or
(2) An act that harmed another person or caused them a loss.
If found guilty of felony fraud in the state of California, a defendant
can face a significant prison term. In what is classified as "white
collar enhancement," a defendant can face even more prison time under
California's Aggravated White Collar Crime Enhancement Law. (Penal
It is imperative for a defendant to have a skilled legal defense team at
his/her disposal if they are charged in a felony fraud case. Since 1999,
the Law Office of Nic Cocis & Associates, has provided skilled and
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