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Two Fresno, Calif. men will stand trial after allegedly operating a fraud ring that siphoned more than $600,000 from insurers and, by extension, innocent consumers.

Detectives believe that Louis Houston, 48, and Cedric Berdell Jackson Jr, 28, served as perpetrators in the filing of an array of bogus insurance claims dating back to 2000. Their elaborate sham involved filing loss claims for traffic collisions, stolen vehicles, vehicle vandalism, vehicle fires, residential fires, and even water damage. Over the course of a year-long investigation by the California Department of Insurance (CDI), authorities learned Houston and Jackson filed more than 50 claims since 2007—and an excess of 165 loss claims since 2000.

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