Car found buried in Silicon Valley home lot linked to massive SJ scam

Atherton — Police are digging into why someone buried a car in the yard of a multi-million dollar Northern California home linked to one in San Joaquin County. Largest Insurance Fraud Scheme Ever In the 1990s, I left an unused concrete bag inside.

The car was discovered Thursday morning by a landscaper in the wealthy Silicon Valley town of Atherton. Police said in a news release.

A corpse dog warned of possible human remains, but was not found more than 12 hours after the vehicle was recovered, according to Atherton Police Chief Daniel Larsen.

Police believe the car was buried four to five feet deep in the 1990s before the current owner bought the home, but Larsen wouldn’t say why detectives came to that conclusion. I did.

Disused concrete sacks were placed throughout the vehicle, while the roof was covered with dirt, he said.

The sprawling home and estate is valued at $15 million, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Larsen said the current homeowner has not been investigated.

Johnny Bocktune Liu, who owned the Stockbridge Avenue estate in Atherton in the 1990s, had a long string of murder convictions, including two attempted murder convictions in 1977 and a murder conviction in the 1960s that was later overturned. He had a criminal record, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. .

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In 1999, he was accused of paying an undercover agent $20,000 worth of gold watches and $30,000 in cash to sink a $1.2 million yacht. , the record reported in 1999.

Lew, then 62, was arrested in Redwood City when he showed up to fill out what he believed was the insurance company’s final police report after he reported his 1997 Viking Sport Cruiser missing. it was done. He was later transferred to the San Joaquin County Jail.

“This is the largest fraudulent insurance claim I know of,” said then-Deputy District Attorney Franklin Stevenson, who was leading the Economic Crime Division at the time.

Lew recruited men from San Joaquin County to destroy his yacht, a sophisticated vessel over 50 feet long, officials said.

“We are not providing all the exact details,” said Scott Ederen, a spokesman for the Department of Health. “It was in San Joaquin County that the terrorist threat originated. He said he would either kill them or kill them if they leaked them.

Atherton is one of the richest towns in the United States, with about 7,000 residents living in an area of ​​about 5 square miles.

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