Phoenix man arrested in auto insurance fraud case

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PHOENIX (AP) -- A Phoenix man has been arrested for his suspected involvement in a conspiracy ring that filed false automobile insurance claims.

Edgar Eduardo Renteria-Molina was taken into custody last weekend at a Border Patrol checkpoint near San Diego, California. That was after authorities discovered a warrant for his arrest from the Arizona Department of Insurance.

Authorities say the 22-year-old Renteria-Molina is the last of five major suspects allegedly involved in filing false auto insurance claims totaling nearly $250,000.

The ring was broken up by insurance investigators who arrested two key members last month, prompting the others to flee.

The five men are accused of conspiring to submit fraudulent auto insurance claims against several companies.

The investigation into the ring began in April, prompted by an anonymous tip regarding auto body shops