Fraud cases involve HPD recruit and former officer

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - An investigation by the state's Insurance Division's Fraud Branch has led to charges against a Honolulu Police Department (HPD) recruit.

Earl Danielson Jr., 28, pleaded no contest on Monday to second-degree insurance fraud and second-degree attempted theft of more than $300. Both charges are class-C felonies.

The charges stem from a claim against Progressive Direct Insurance Co. sometime between March 2010 and May 2010.

Danielson was charged just weeks before his graduation from the academy.

In an unrelated case, a bench warrant was issued for former HPD officer Richard Moerles, 28. Moerles also faces charges of second-degree insurance fraud and second-degree attempted theft.

Moerles was indicted in August 2011 on suspicion of false claims against GEICO Insurance Co.

Moerles is believed to be living in Idaho.

In a news release Hawaii Insurance Commissioner Gordon Ito saysthat fraud inflates the cost of insurance from $400 to $700 a year per family.

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