A woman arrested by insurance fraud investigators at the Lodi courthouse last week appeared in the Stockton courthouse on Monday, where she pleaded not guilty to 13 felony charges.
Melody Ann Mosqueda, 45, was appointed a public defender and San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge Franklin Stephenson declined to lower her $250,000 bail.
Prosecutors say she falsified claim forms while working as an insurance claims adjuster for Fireman's Fund and Zurich between 2003 and 2007. The claims then went to fake companies allegedly created by Mosqueda and her family members, said Jason Kimbrough, a spokesman for the California Department of Justice.
Her former husband, Anthony Mosqueda, appeared with private attorney Chuck Pacheco and pleaded not guilty to 10 felony charges. Stephenson released Anthony Mosqueda from jail on his promise to appear in court, a motion that Deputy District Attorney J.C. Weydert did not oppose.
Anthony Mosqueda holds a job, and Weydert said he did not want the man to lose his job, since the prosecutor is seeking restitution. Melody Mosqueda is not employed, Weydert said.
Melody Mosqueda went to the Lodi courthouse on Friday for a misdemeanor drunken driving case. State investigators were waiting for her, and arrested her as they videotaped and photographed the whole incident.
Her 28-year-old daughter, Rachel Anthony-Mosqueda, was arrested on a nine-count warrant the previous night in Elk Grove, and she was taken to the Sacramento County Jail.
By Monday, she had not yet been transferred to the San Joaquin County Jail, so she has yet to appear in court.
Her parents are currently scheduled for an Aug. 21 preliminary hearing.