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Man sentenced to year in jail for filing false auto insurance claims

A man accused of filing false insurance claims has been sentenced in Sacramento Superior Court to a year in county jail.

Ugend Prasad pleaded no contest in November to two felony violations of insurance fraud. He was sentenced Friday to 365 days in jail and five years formal probation, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release.

Between August 2009 and April 2012, Prasad submitted six false reports to his auto insurance carriers claiming his vehicle had been vandalized or stolen, authorities said. As a result of the false claims, the California State Automobile Association, State Farm and Highlands Insurance paid Prasad a total of $32,479.29.

The case was investigated by the Sacramento County Auto Theft Task Force and detectives from the California Department of Insurance Urban Auto Fraud Unit. The case was prosecuted by the District Attorney’s Urban Auto Fraud Unit.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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