A former Tracy police officer was sentenced Monday, Aug. 26, to five years of probation for a fraudulent insurance claim involving Mickey Mantle baseball cards valued at more than $20,000.
Keith Hooks, 43, was charged in San Joaquin County Superior Court with felony insurance fraud for falsely claiming he lost the cards depicting the New York Yankees’ famous center fielder.
Judge Franklin Stephenson ordered Hooks to serve five years of probation and pay $7,713.96 in fines.
Hooks' sentence included one day in jail; however, San Joaquin County Superior Court spokeswoman Stephanie Bohrer said court documents show he was given a one-day credit for his jail term.
Hooks filed a homeowner’s insurance claim for approximately $20,500 with the State Automobile Association Insurance Group saying the cards were stolen, according to a press release from the California Department of Insurance.
The insurance group became suspicious when Hooks gave numerous inconsistent statements regarding how the baseball cards were acquired, their purchase price and the method of payment, the release states.
In May 2012, the CDI opened an investigation into Hooks based upon information from the insurance company.
Hooks pleaded guilty Aug. 1 to one count of felony insurance fraud.
He resigned from the Tracy Police Department on June 30, according to the CDI press release.
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