Ted Lilly Charged with Felony Insurance Fraud: Latest Details and Reaction

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJanuary 23, 2015

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Former Major League Baseball pitcher Ted Lilly has been charged with three felony counts of insurance fraud in the state of California.

According to a report by Alexandra Pierce of KSBY News, Lilly pleaded not guilty to the charges, which stem from an insurance claim he filed following an accident with his RV:

Lilly, who lives in Edna Valley in San Luis Obispo County, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to three separate charges filed by the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney's Office.

All involve vehicle insurance fraud.

According to the California Department of Insurance, Lilly damaged his RV worth around $200,000 but did not file a claim until after he purchased insurance on the vehicle. The amount of the claim is not known at this time.

Assistant District Attorney Lee Cunningham is also quoted in the report describing exactly what the felony charges are for.

"I can tell you that he's charged with three different felony counts. The first is filing a false insurance claim. The second one is a false statement in support of a claim and the third one has to do with failing to disclose a material fact in connection with an insurance claim," Cunningham said.

ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 30:  Ted Lilly #29 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 30, 2013 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Pierce notes that if Lilly is convicted, he will face a maximum prison sentence of five years.

Lilly spent 15 years in MLB and pitched for six teams, including the New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs. He made two All-Star Game appearances (2004, 2009) and retired following the 2013 season due to injuries.

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