A Canyon Country woman who was accused of conducting an “elaborate” insurance fraud scheme last month pleaded guilty on Wednesday, and was sentenced immediately afterward, officials said.
Elizabeth Louise Brown, 48, was sentenced to four years in state prison for two counts of insurance fraud, said Ricardo Santiago, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Brown was one of nine people arrested on April 7 in connection with the case, while 10 others were sought by state police. She was charged with multiple felonies, including insurance fraud and conspiracy for allegedly embezzling more than $276,000 from her employer, Explorer Insurance.
A team of California Department of Insurance police officers raided a residence on the 26800 block of Madigan Drive in Santa Clarita in the early morning hours of April 7 as part of the investigation.
Brown, a former claims adjuster with Explorer Insurance, allegedly embezzled from the company between January 2013 and September 2015 by adding friends and family members to claims.
Related: Canyon Country Woman Accused Of Conducting ‘Elaborate’ Insurance Fraud Scheme, EmbezzlementThe Santa Clarita residence that was raided by state police on April 7.
This reportedly resulted in the insurer issuing fraudulent payments to Brown’s co-conspirators, according to Department of Insurance detectives.
Explorer Insurance first discovered evidence of the alleged crimes when they identified fraudulent checks issued in 87 claims assigned to Brown, officials said.
The company terminated Brown’s employment, and as required by law, reported the suspected crimes to the California Department of Insurance, which launched an investigation.