ARSONIST WHO SET FIRES IN OWN HOME AND CAR TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR $128,000 INSURANCE FRAUD AND $85,000 PUBLIC ASSISTANCE FRAUD

For Immediate Release
 Case # 13CF2143






August 2, 2013

Susan Kang Schroeder
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ARSONIST WHO SET FIRES IN OWN HOME AND CAR TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR $128,000 INSURANCE FRAUD AND $85,000 PUBLIC ASSISTANCE FRAUD

*Defendant on public assistance filed insurance claims for luxury items including Apple computers,
Gucci bags, and a dog stroller

 

SANTA ANA – A woman will be arraigned today for collecting over $128,000 in insurance payments after filing claims for a series of fires, later determined to be self-started arsons, and other fraudulent reports. The defendant is also charged with illegally collecting over $85,000 in welfare, housing, and MediCal benefits, for which she did not qualify, after failing to disclose the income from her many insurance claims.

 

Andrea Michelle Robinson, 38, Aliso Viejo, is charged with four felony counts of arson of defendant’s own property, 22 felony counts of insurance fraud, three felony counts of grand theft, three felony counts of arson of an inhabited property, one felony count of aid by misrepresentation, two felony counts of perjury by false application for aid, one misdemeanor count of fraudulently attempting to obtain aid for a child, and a sentencing enhancement for arson for pecuniary gain. If convicted, Robinson faces a maximum sentence of 41 years in state prison. Robinson is being held on $250,000 bail.  She is scheduled for a continued arraignment today, Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana.

 

Arson-Related Insurance Fraud

In August 2009, Robinson is accused of committing arson with the intent to commit insurance fraud by setting a fire in her 12-year-old daughter’s bedroom while the child was sleeping in the defendant’s master bedroom. Neighbors observed a fire and broke a window of the Rancho Santa Margarita home in order to throw water inside in an effort to put out the flames. The Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) responded to the scene and put out the remaining fire. Investigators determined that the fire started next to the bed, but the source of ignition could not be determined. Robinson is accused of submitting a fraudulent insurance claim and receiving $25,000 from her insurance company for the fire damage.   

 

In May 2011, while living in Aliso Viejo, Robinson is accused of committing arson with the intent to commit insurance fraud by setting a fire in the master bedroom and then leaving the home. Neighbors called 911 and OCFA extinguished the fire. When contacted by phone by OCFA, the defendant is accused of claiming to have blown out a candle in the master bedroom before leaving the residence. She is accused of submitting a fraudulent insurance claim and receiving $46,000 from her insurance company for the fire damage.

 

On Dec. 2, 2011, Robinson is accused of committing arson with the intent to commit insurance fraud by setting fire to her Volkswagen Passat and leaving it on the street in Santa Ana. She is accused of then going to Westfield Main Place Mall. The Santa Ana Police Department and Santa Ana Fire Department responded to the vehicle fire and subsequently located the defendant at the mall. She is accused of claiming to have parked her car in the mall parking lot and claiming that it must have been stolen without evidence to support those claims. Robinson is accused of submitting a f