The former Major League Baseball pitcher is now facing three counts of the charge in the state of California.
In California, Ted Lilly, the former Major League Baseball pitcher is now facing felony charges with three counts of insurance fraud against him for the filings that he allegedly made following an accident.
Recent reports have stated that Lilly has entered a not guilty plea against the charges against him.
The insurance fraud charges against Ted Lilly came from a claim that he filed after having been involved in an accident in his RV. The resident of the Edna Valley in San Luis Obispo County entered a not guilty plea to all three of the separate charges that were laid against him. He gave his not guilty plea at the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office.
All of the different charges against Lilly had to do with accusations of recreational vehicle insurance fraud.
The California Department of Insurance stated that the accident in which Lilly was involved caused damage to his RV, which was worth an estimated $200,000. That said, the former MLB pitcher did not actually file the claim for the damage until after he purchased an insurance policy for that vehicle. At the time of the writing of this article, the amount of the claim filed with the insurance company had not yet been publicly disclosed.
According to Assistant District Attorney Lee Cunningham, “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.”
Should Lilly be found guilty of those insurance fraud charges and be convicted, he could face up to five years in prison. The pitcher had spent 15 years in Major League Baseball and had played for six different teams, including the Chicago Cubs and the New York Yankees. He appeared in two different All-Star Games (in 2004 and again in 2009), and retired due to injuries at the close of the 2013 season.