Dec 17, 2012 12:06 PM by Tonya LaCoste
The Louisiana State Police Insurance Fraud Unit arrested a Patterson woman accused of filing a false claim for damage to her vehicle. In July 2011, Katina Batiste, 30, bought insurance coverage for her 2005 Chevrolet Impala then several days later filed a damage claim for more than $3,000. Detectives discovered the vehicle was damaged before she bought coverage, according to State Trooper Stephen Hammons.
Batiste was arrested on December 13 for insurance fraud and booked into the St. Mary Parish Jail.
If convicted of insurance fraud, under the state statute, it is a felony and a person may be imprisoned up to five years and fined up to five thousand dollars. The person may also have to pay restitution to the insurance company for any payments the court determines were not owed.
Detectives will continue working closely with the Department of Insurance and Insurance Companies to reduce the number of fraudulent claims filed by individuals. Anyone wishing to report suspected insurance fraud is urged to contact the Louisiana State Police at 337-262-3341, or the Louisiana Department of Insurance website at www.ldi.state.la.us. All information will remain strictly confidential, and rewards will be offered to persons with information leading to an arrest and conviction of someone for insurance fraud.