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Three people sentenced in auto insurance fraud case

Three people have been sentenced after pleading no contest in an auto insurance fraud case.

Tong Saeteurn, 34, pleaded no contest to felony insurance fraud and possession of methamphetamine for sale. Co-defendants Bo Vang, 40, and Roger Hang, 27, pleaded no contest to felony insurance fraud, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release.

Vang wanted his car dismantled so he could make a false theft report to his insurance company, Farmers Insurance, believing that the insurance company would then pay off his car loan, authorities said. His friend, Hang, contacted Saeteurn, who agreed to dismantle the vehicle.

On March 30, 2015, Vang made a false vehicle theft report to the California Highway Patrol and Farmers Insurance. When information about the car was entered into the stolen vehicle database, a signal was automatically activated from the car’s LoJack transmitter. Law enforcement officers quickly determined that Hang’s car was parked at Saeteurn’s residence.

Officers from the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, CHP, Sacramento County Auto Theft Suppression Task Force and the California Department of Insurance Urban Auto Task Force searched Saeteurn’s residence and property. They found Hang’s partially dismantled car, a loaded AK-47 assault rifle, a loaded .40 caliber handgun, 2 pounds of marijuana and 5 grams of methamphetamine, authorities said.

Under the plea agreement, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Laurel White sentenced Saeteurn to one year in county jail and five years of probation. Hang was sentenced to 180 days in county jail and five years of probation and Vang was sentenced to 120 days in county jail and five years of probation.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy