A Sacramento woman has been sentenced to six months in county jail and five years probation after pleading guilty to automobile insurance fraud.
Katherine Hunter-Jones also pleaded no contest to misdemeanor resisting arrest and interfering with a peace officer. In addition to the jail sentence, she was ordered to pay $18,210 in restitution, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release.
On Sept. 4, 2012, Hunter-Jones reported to the Sacramento Police Department that her 2006 Dodge Charger had been stolen. She told police that after taking her son to school at noon, she parked the Charger in her driveway. When she left to pick up her son from school at 3 p.m., she noticed the vehicle was missing.
The following day, Hunter-Jones made a claim for the “stolen” vehicle on her Progressive Insurance policy and claimed the car was paid in full, authorities said.
After investigating, Progressive determined that Hunter-Jones was several months behind on her payments and still owed the lien holder $17,000. Her vehicle was not currently registered, and between DMV parking tickets and FasTrak✔, she owed an additional $2,500 before she could register the car. Progressive Insurance paid the lien holder $14,000.
On April 11, 2014, Hunter-Jones was evicted from her rented home but was allowed to re-enter the residence to remove her belongings. After nine hours, the property manager asked Hunter-Jones and her 15-year-old daughter to leave. When Hunter-Jones refused, Sacramento police were called to help persuade her to leave. When officers arrived, she physically attacked them and was arrested for resisting arrest.
Officers found the Dodge Charger that had been reported stolen parked in the driveway of the rental home. When officers asked Hunter-Jones about the car, she said she had never seen it before.