An LAPD officer accused of making arrangements for his vehicle to be set on fire, and a fellow officer, have pleaded guilty to insurance fraud.
Deputy District Attorney Kimberly Toney George said Anthony Robert Villanueva, 24, pleaded guilty to one count of felony insurance fraud and was sentenced to three years of formal probation and 400 hours of community service. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David Horwitz dismissed two counts against Villanueva, including one count each of arson of one’s own property and filing a false report of a criminal offense. The plea came as part of a negotiated settlement.
Ricardo Rebolledo, 27, pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of insurance fraud. Rebolledo was sentenced to three years of formal probation and 200 hours of community service.
Last April, Villanueva arranged for his 2001 Lexus sedan to be taken to the desert and set on fire. Villanueva then filed a stolen vehicle report with the Los Angeles Police Department and submitted a claim for damages to his automobile insurance company.
Rebolledo provided a fraudulent statement to Villanueva’s insurance company in support of the claim, vouching for Villanueva’s whereabouts on the day of the supposed vehicle theft.