California man facing 39 felony counts of insurance fraud

A 30-year-old Chino man charged with 39 felony counts of insurance fraud and who reportedly collected tens of thousands of dollars in undeserved pa...

September 24, 2022
9:30 AM

A 30-year-old Chino man charged with 39 felony counts of insurance fraud and who reportedly collected tens of thousands of dollars in undeserved payouts will next appear in court on Monday, Oct. 3. Branden Heywood pleaded not guilty to 32 counts of filing false insurance claims, five counts of unlawful use of identifying information, two counts of possessing an assault weapon and one count of forgery, according to San Bernardino County court records. He was booked on $150, 000 bail. An investigation found the suspect allegedly acted as the leader of a 'paper collision' ring to collect $80, 000 in underserved insurance payouts, according to a statement from the California Department of Insurance.