San Joaquin County resident arrested for felony insurance fraud

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Peter Goncalves, 41, of Escalon, was arrested today by Department of Insurance detectives on three felony counts of insurance fraud and was booked into the San Joaquin County Jail. Goncalves allegedly filed a fraudulent insurance claim with Farmers Insurance Exchange for more than $18,000 for items he claimed were stolen during a burglary.

Goncalves reported to Farmers that his home was burglarized in June 2014 and several items were stolen, including a high-end mountain bike and gear. The investigation revealed the receipts Goncalves submitted to prove he purchased the bike and equipment were for businesses that did not exist.


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