Arraignment set for Monday was postponed until Feb. 25 for two brothers who are among 25 people charged with allegedly staging auto collisions, resulting in insurance payouts of about $240,000.
Authorities believe the siblings — Edwin Antonio Bautista-Marroquin, 41, of Sylmar, and Luis Emilio Bautista-Marroquin, 32, of Pacoima — were the ringleaders of the alleged scam.
They face multiple counts of insurance fraud and grand theft, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Members of the ring allegedly staged auto collisions or manufactured “paper” collisions between April 2011 and August 2013, prosecutors said.
Eighteen claims were allegedly filed, involving nearly a dozen insurance companies, resulting in payouts of almost $240,000, according to the district attorney’s office.
If convicted as charged, Edwin Bautista-Marroquin faces up to 21 years in state prison, and his younger brother faces 11 years behind bars.
— City News Service