Andrea Michelle Robinson Allegedly Lived Lavish Life by Stealing More Than $200k Through False Arson, Crime, Welfare Reports
A 38-year-old Aliso Viejo woman is to be arraigned today for allegedly setting fires to her home and car to collect $128,000 in insurance payments and of lying to reap $85,000 in welfare, housing, and MediCal benefits for which she did not qualify.
Andrea Michelle Robinson is also accused of receiving insurance payments from thefts and malpractice settlements without reporting the income and spending some of her ill-gotten funds on Apple computers, Gucci bags and a dog stroller.
The suspicious nature of the last of five arson fires between August 2009 and June 2012--from which Robinson collected insurance payments on at least three of them--led to the investigation that not only uncovered insurance fraud but the public assistance fraud as well, according to an arraignment statement from the Orange County District Attorney's office.
Here is the OCDA breakdown on the fires:
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 [Orange County Fire Authority] 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 fraudulent insurance claim and receiving $9,600 from her insurance company to cover the loss and damage.
On June 1, 2012, Robinson is accused of committing arson by setting fire to the carpet in the bedroom of her Laguna Niguel apartment. The fire did not spread and went out, and OCFA was not contacted. A visible burn was left on the carpet.
On June 6, 2012, Robinson is accused of committing arson with the intent to commit insurance fraud by setting fire to the carpet in the bedroom of her Laguna Niguel apartment. OCFA responded to the scene, where the fire was already out, and the defendant is accused of claiming that a neighbor threw a burning object into the home. Fire investigators observed the burn marks on the carpet from the fire on June 1, 2013, and other evidence indicating that Robinson had started the fires. The defendant is accused of being advised by OCFA that she would be committing fraud if she submitted an insurance claim related to this fire.
Prosecutors note that the fires occurred in Housing and Urban Development multi-family housing complexes to point out Robinson did not have financial investments in the residences and that she allegedly endangered other residents (not to mention falsely implicated one as a criminal).
The OCFA launched an investigation that led to bringing in the OCDA and its Bureau of Investigation, which discovered the alleged public assistance fraud as it was uncovering the insurance fraud allegations, according to OCDA.