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Woman files fraudulent claim for car impounded in drug bust


A New York woman successfully filed an insurance claim on a car she knew had been impounded in a drug bust involving her boyfriend, Newsday reported Wednesday.

Gleudys Ilarraza, 46, was arraigned Wednesday in Mineola, New York, on charges of third-degree larceny, third-degree insurance fraud and first-degree falsifying business records, prosecutors told reporters.

“This defendant is accused of cashing in on an insurance claim by reporting her car stolen to her insurance company (Geico Insurance Co.) and the police, even though she knew it had been impounded by the police,” Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas said in a press statement.

Ms. Ilarraza’s 2009 Buick Enclave was impounded in February 2014 when her boyfriend was arrested in a Drug Enforcement Administration probe, according to the prosecutor’s office. She also reported the loss of a $1,455 purse, $200 sunglasses, a $1,000 diamond ring and a $120 GPS, prosecutors said. Geico, in turn, wrote her two checks totaling $10,000, Newsday reported.

She faces 2 1⁄3 to 7 years in prison if convicted.