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CAL FIRE SLO Captain and insurance agent brother arrested on suspicion of insurance fraud.
CAL FIRE Captain and insurance agent brother arrested on suspicion of insurance fraud
By KSBY Staff
Neal (left) and Ross Moriarty (right). (Photos courtesy California Dept. of Insurance)
The California Department of Insurance reported Monday that brothers Neal Moriarty, 38, and Ross Moriarty, 42, were arrested last week on multiple felony counts of insurance fraud. The two are accused of submitting a fraudulent claim and providing false statements to an insurer in order to collect money following a vehicle accident.
Officials with the Department of Insurance said Neal Moriarty, who is a CAL FIRE Captain who used to work in Los Osos, hit a deer while driving on Highway 101. He was reportedly uninsured at the time and called his brother, Ross, who is a licensed insurance agent, to reinstate his insurance.
The brothers are accused of falsifying the timeline of the crash and filing a fraudulent claim for $13,709 to repair the damaged vehicle. Insurance investigators became suspicious and requested phone records to validate the claim. They said Neal Moriarty failed to provide the records and withdrew his claim a month later.
The two are scheduled to be arraigned in San Luis Obispo Superior Court on August 10.
Neal Moriarty began working for CAL FIRE San Luis Obispo County in 2005, but is currently employed in the San Mateo/Santa Cruz area.
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