Man Surrenders When Evidence Supports An Alleged False Insurance Claim
On April 1, 2019, 27-year old David Lee Williams Jr. filed a claim with Farmers Insurance stating he was rear ended by an unknown vehicle traveling at a high-rate of speed as he traveled north through Bakersfield on Highway 99. Williams and two of his passengers sustained injuries for which medical treatment was sought.
Sometime later, the accident report Williams filed with the California Highway Patrol stated he was driving at 55 miles per hour in the fast lane. He noticed two cars racing behind him and he signaled his intention to merge to the right. Before he could do so, he was struck from behind leading him to swerve to the right.
In June of 2019, an accident reconstructionist hired by Farmers Insurance reviewed the accident report and photographs Williams submitted with said report. The Accident Reconstructionist concluded the damage William’s car sustained was not caused by another vehicle traveling at a high-rate of speed and not consistent with a rear-end collision.
Williams was charged with two counts of felony insurance fraud and one misdemeanor count of filing a false police report with the intention of receiving an undeserved payout from Farmers Insurance. Williams self-surrendered to the Kern County Superior Court on September 4, 2020. The Kern County District Attorney’s Office will be prosecuting the case with Williams due to return to court on October 7, 2020.