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CA City Council Candidate on Probation for Fraud

by FraudReport 23. October 2014 09:32

After being convicted of felony fraud, a candidate for the Antioch City Council is now on probation.

Anthony Segovia, 27, pleaded no contest back in September of 2012 to a pair of insurance fraud charges from between early 2010 and late 2011, as well as a grand theft charge in February of 2008. According to court records, Segovia "did knowingly assist and conspire with another person to present and cause to be presented" fraudulent claims totaling over $50,000 to 11 insurance carriers for payment.

According to the Contra Costa Times, Segovia stated that after he paid restitution, the felonies were reduced to misdemeanors and the grand theft charge was dropped. However, deputy district attorney Brian Hast said the bulk of the restitution hadn’t been paid as of October 10th, and that the charges would not be reduced to misdemeanors until Segovia completes probation.

"Segovia is the quintessential con man," Hast said. "I wouldn't believe a word he says."

Hast also added that the insurance fraud charges are for false claims Segovia made for items that said were allegedly damaged in several different incidents.

Hast added, in addition to the 11 claims mentioned in court documents, Segovia filed several others that were rejected by insurance companies after being flagged as "suspicious."

Segovia said the fraud stemmed from false claims a relative made after a car accident, of which he was aware but did not report. He says he was charged after refusing to cooperate with the ContraCostaCountyDA's Office.

"I didn't want to see any of my family members go to prison," he said. "At first, I thought it wasn't a big deal (to not cooperate with the DA). I regret doing it because it has caused me a world of trouble, lost wages and financial burden. Looking back, I wouldn't have done it."

Hast said it is true that Segovia's relative was involved in other fraud schemes, but he believes that Segovia was the principal offender in this case.

On November 20, 2012, Segovia was sentenced to nine months in jail and five years of probation. Under state law, he is still legally eligible to run for office and vote, which even Segovia himself is stunned by. He said, "Being a felon is terrible. You lose everything. I'm surprised I was even able to run for City Council."

A state law was enacted in 2012 that bans anyone who was convicted of a felony after January 1, 2013, from running for public office. Because Segovia's convictions were before that, he's still eligible to run.

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