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Carr Fire Survivor Faces 9 Felony Insurance Fraud Charges

A Redding real estate agent who lost everything in the Carr Fire is facing nine felony counts of insurance fraud. The California Department of Insurance says 64-year-old Stephen Cortopassi was evacuated from his Redding home on July 27th of 2018. The fire destroyed his home, a detached garage and four vehicles. The next day, Cortopassi apparently contacted his insurance broker to buy a new policy on one of the vehicles and add comprehensive coverage to the other three, even though they had already been destroyed. The policies took effect the day after that. Three weeks later, Cortopassi filed a claim stating that the four vehicles were destroyed on August 9th. For his actual legitimate insurance coverage, Cortopassi was paid more than a Million Dollars. The additional, allegedly fraudulent, claim was a little more than $43,000. Cortopassi turned himself in last Friday.