Former Tracy police officer pleads guilty to Mickey Mantle baseball card insurance fraud
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A former Tracy police officer was expected to be sentenced Monday, Aug. 26 in San Joaquin County Superior Court for felony insurance fraud for falsifying a claim for the loss of three Mickey Mantle baseball cards valued at $20,500, according to a press release from the California Department of Insurance.

Keith Hooks, 43, had plead guilty Aug. 1 to one count of felony insurance fraud. Hooks' sentence could include a minimum of four years felony probation and $7,055 in restitution.

According to the release, the CDI opened an investigation in May 2012 based on a tip from the California State Automobile Association Insurance Group after Hooks made a claim for the theft of the cards.

The company reported their suspicions to the department after Hooks gave numerous inconsistent statements regarding how the baseball cards were acquired, their purchase price and the method of payment.

Hooks reportedly resigned from the Tracy Police Department on June 30, 2013.

• Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at 830-4225 or drizzo@tracypress.com. 

 
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klv
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August 27, 2013
Callousness, arrogance, and the deliberate attempt to sway others based on your profile of being a police officer - what motivates someone to commit a crime seemingly out of the ordinary? After all you're drawing from the general population who are statistically at risk to commit crimes - just like anybody else.

What does 'a perfect crime'/'a perfect marriage' have in common?

You hope - that you don't get caught.

*Bio's on Mickey Mantle have revealed he was a notorious heavy drinker, homosexual, and was determined to be 4F during the Korean War for having a venereal disease.
Fogliar
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August 27, 2013
I think there is a bigger point being missed here. If he committed these felonies while on the force. It would take a rookie lawyer to appeal a conviction of his client while this guy was the cop on the case. It brings character and reliability into question. This could cost Tracy thousands of dollars of legal fees if this thing becomes unraveled.

FYI...Code 20 is requesting location
backinblack
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August 27, 2013
code20 wrote: "On a lighter side, I heard the card were of the L.A. Dodger’s baseball team anyway; no real loss here."

Except to CSAA and possibly policy holders in general, including you, when rates go up due to insurance fraud. Sure, it's one incident but these are the kinds of things when added up can literally affect anyone who has a policy involving property coverage.

If you'd like a course in insurance 101 and factors which can lead to rate increases let me know and I'll be happy to enlighten you.

ChrisRoberts
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August 27, 2013
Mickey Mantle also dodged the draft during the Korean War. How does a baseball player who gets selected to the All Star game wind up with a 4-F draft deferment? Wacka Wacka Wacka!
lovin'life
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August 27, 2013
LMAO right now, I was interrogated by him once. After he questioned me, he sent his partner in after because he said there were some inconsistencies in my story. (THE NERVE) Eventually, it was found out that I wasn't even involved in what they were questioning me about and they had the wrong person but because I was at the location they had to cover all bases. So lucky for me. Not so much for him. Jerk. Wow!
code20
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August 26, 2013
A wise man once said; and I am paraphrasing here… “Let he who has never sin cast the first stone.” He made a poor judgment and at the time, he may have felt or been in a situation he saw no other way out. Remember, he will never be able to be a police officer again… or hold many other jobs. On a lighter side, I heard the card were of the L.A. Dodger’s baseball team anyway; no real loss here.
DTB1445
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August 26, 2013
Yeah, that's it... code20 (in cops language means send back up) make an excuse for criminal behavior based on a supposition. This was a criminal act committed by a law enforcement officer who KNEW the difference between right and wrong to the Nth degree, yet chose WRONG. Circumstances are not an excuse, and even more for someone who swore an oath. To try to excuse or even diminish this at all tells me you too are corrupt. If not in act, then in thought. "A wise man once said: "so as you thinkith in your mind, so hath you've done"
code20
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August 27, 2013
DTB1445, you are wrong on so many levels; don’t know what code book you are obtaining your information from, but “CODE-20” does not mean “…send back up.” In fact, quit the contrary. Regardless, your venomous attacks when you do not even know me demonstrate my point; society today is quick to judge and diminish others when they have their own transgressions. I will agree with you, he of all people should have known better and be held to a higher standard. Obviously, law enforcement was not his forte, especially when he was inconsistent in his explanations (alibi if you will). However, ridiculing someone is non-productive and tears at the fabric of society. Another poster was to whom I was directing my comment. We all make mistakes and poor judgments in life; nevertheless, there is no need to degrade and humiliate the man. Less negativity and more compassion in the world would be a vas improvement.
mdsmith17
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August 27, 2013
Actually code20, the radio code you are using does mean send backup in many areas. Code 20 is used to indicate send immediate backup and Code 30 is used to indicate an 11-99 or officer needs help. And I think DTB1445's description of this is spot on. This is not a poor judgment. This is a thought out intentional crime that is a serious offense for anybody, and a doubly serious offense for a law enforcement officer especially for him knowing what the consequences would be. As somebody else pointed out, not only has he destroyed his career, but he has put every criminal case he's ever worked in jeopardy of being overturned. And every cop knows good and well how that works and what the consequences are of what he did.
klv
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August 26, 2013
Of course this can all be explained - by looking down at his Trike's wheels - he'll find Mickey's cards clipped to the spokes with clothes pin for that extra "varoom-vroom" sound.

"The company reported their suspicions to the department after Hooks gave numerous inconsistent statements."

Typically, a method used by law enforcement you have to wonder are those sun glasses squeezing his head too tight?

"What do you call the person who graduated from medical school with the lowest score??"

-A dentist.

DTB1445
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August 26, 2013
Sad testament to TPD. Sad day for all law enforcement officers who take their oath seriously. This is what you get when you pay your officers well below the "industry standard" and you have to "scrape the bottom of the barrel" in order to fill your vacancies. To quote an old joke, what do you call the person who graduated from medical school with the lowest score?? Doctor.....
ChrisRoberts
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August 27, 2013
Below industry standard? Tracy has some of highest paid officers in the entire United States.

http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes333051.htm


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