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Sacramento couple sentenced to jail for insurance fraud

A Sacramento couple have been sentenced to time in jail and five years probation after pleading no contest to felony insurance fraud.

Tyrone Copeland, 35, was ordered to serve 210 days and his wife, Lyssa Guadianna, 36, was ordered to serve 180 day in county jail, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release. Sacramento Superior Court Judge Laurel White on Wednesday also ordered both defendants to pay $3,353.86 in restitution.

On Jan. 26, 2014, Copeland and Guadianna arranged for a third party to rent and insure a U-Haul truck. After obtaining the truck, Copeland deliberately drove the truck into the right front passenger door of his wife’s parked and unoccupied Lexus, authorities said.

Guadianna then filed an insurance claim with U-Haul’s insurance carrier, Repwest Insurance, asserting that the body damages to her Lexus were from a legitimate accident. The insurance company denied the claim after determining that the crash was a staged accident and the insurance policy issued by Repwest did not cover damages to other vehicles.

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