A Port Arthur woman has been charged with insurance fraud after police say she tried to pull a bait and switch on her insurance company.
Alicia Valentine was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury of fraud July 18 after police say she tried to defraud her home insurance company by claiming she was burglarized.
According to a probable cause affidavit obtained by The Examiner, Valentine called the Port Arthur police department and reported that someone had burglarized her home while she and her family stayed at a hotel nearby. She told police several items had come up missing from her home and she phoned her insurance company, Farmers Insurance, and filed a claim for $12,609.85.
The insurance company was ready to oblige, having prepared a check for $10,309.08 to replace Valentine’s property.
But the check would never be cashed.
According to the affidavit, Port Arthur police were contacted by Valentine’s boyfriend who advised police that Valentine had staged the burglary so that she could collect from her insurance company. The boyfriend told police Valentine had moved her property to a neighbor’s apartment and planned to move her household items back once the insurance company had paid her, the affidavit said.
Valentine eventually confessed to police her role in the insurance fraud, telling police she indeed staged the burglary to collect insurance money, according to the affidavit.
She was scheduled to appear in Judge John Stevens’ Criminal District Court Nov. 6.