Three suspects have been arrested following an 11-month investigation by the California Department of Insurance of an auto insurance fraud ring that targeted car rental and insurance companies. From 2000 to early 2002, the suspects would rent vehicles, returning them a day or two later with slight damage. The renter would report that the damage resulted from a collision with a parked, unoccupied vehicle. Another person then would contact the rental company as the owner of the vehicle that had been struck, and submit a claim for property damages, the Fraud Division reported.

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