The scheme centered on the purchase of vehicles at auction that had already been damaged, had high miles or both at “significantly reduced costs,” according to the California Department of Insurance. (Credit: Africa Studio/Shutterstock.com) The scheme centered on the purchase of vehicles at auction that had already been damaged, had high miles or both at “significantly reduced costs,” according to the California Department of Insurance. (Credit: Africa Studio/Shutterstock.com)

A total of 32 defendants have been charged or prosecuted, with four already being sentenced, for their involvement in an organized auto insurance fraud ring that bilked 12 insurance carriers out of more than $820,000, the California Department of Insurance reported.

During a four-year period, 45 possible fraudulent claims were filed involving more than 55 vehicles, according to the insurance department.

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