Fontana Man and Woman Sentenced for Fake Hit-and-Run Collision

Fontana Man and Woman Sentenced for Fake Hit-and-Run Collision

SAN BERNARDINO – A Fontana man and woman were sentenced for reporting a hit-and-run collision that never occurred officials said.

The vehicle, a 2015 Maserati was purchased by RM Capital, a used car dealership owned by 50-year-old Roger Mendoza. In May 2o16, the damaged vehicle was purchased by his company for $39,750. Several months later, on August 4, 2016, Violeta Alcaraz, according to a sales contract, purchased the vehicle for $63,000. Approximately three weeks later, Alcaraz filed an insurance claim with the Automobile Club of America. The claim led to investigators inspecting the damage to the vehicle. As a result, the matter was referred to the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Automobile Insurance Fraud Unit.

Investigators learned that the vehicle was parked at the time it was allegedly hit-and-run and was repeatedly hit with an unknown heavy object which transferred house paint onto the vehicle. The deputy district attorney said that the defendant then made cosmetic repairs to hide the damage without repairing it, created a fictitious sale to Alcaraz, deliberately damaged the Maserati, and falsely claimed the damage occurred in a hit-and-run event.

Roger Mendoza, 50, was sentenced to 240 days in jail and three years of formal probation. He is also being ordered to pay $12,037 in restitution to the Automobile Club of Southern California, after pleading guilty to felony insurance fraud.

Violeta Alcaraz, 38, was sentenced to 120 days in county jail and three years felony probation, after pleading guilty to felony insurance fraud and misdemeanor filing a false police report.

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