Former Tracy police officer given probation for baseball card insurance fraud
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
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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.

• Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at 830-4225 or drizzo@tracypress.com.

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finditfunny66
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August 30, 2013
Never seen a mug shot in the sun!!! and sunglasses.
cody01
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August 30, 2013
@kiv, No, It is not the same all over.
pcmiles
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August 29, 2013
Regarding the deleted comments: I agree that it is a shame they were lost.

One of the more thoughtful was the idea that having made a mistake does not justify disparaging the man who made the mistake, and that this officer was punished sufficiently by being disqualified from future work as a peace officer. I did not see any comments that were disparaging, and I agree with the respondent who argued that Mr. Hooks made a deliberate choice to violate the law. While we cannot judge Mr. Hooks without being in his shoes, this was not a “mistake” or an “error” – which implies an absence of intent.

For making this deliberate choice, Mr. Hooks must be removed from service as a peace officer. This is not a punishment; it a requirement in order to preserve the integrity of the criminal justice system and the trust of the public. It is unfortunate that this concept is either not grasped or is ignored by Chief Hampton, City Staff, and the City Council when they deal with similar violations of law and the public trust.

ChrisRoberts
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August 29, 2013
Soooooooooo are we tax payers still going to have to pay his pension, when he retires at 45?
lovin'life
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August 28, 2013
Awe what happened to all of our wonderful comments from yesterday? Don't dare say anything about the good ol' staff at City of Tracy I guess.

Tracy Press should be ashamed of themselves for deleting peoples comments. I didn't see any threats or anything like that. Only people who had an opinion about the guy. Boooooo!
code20
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August 28, 2013
I agree with you that the posting should not have been removed. There were “some” small personal shoots, but nothing too bad; I have seen much worse in the Press. And as to one of the last posts, “CODE-20” does not mean “location.” I believe it’s in the movie “Smokey and the Bandit,” where one sheriff deputy is questioning if his “10-9” is the same as another county sheriff’s “10-96.” The two deputies go on and on with different codes; rather funny.
klv
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August 28, 2013
Historically, there does seem to be problems for police and fire service's personnel in this town. But, I guess it's the same all over?
DTB1445
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August 29, 2013
I stand corrected, I looked it up and I was indeed wrong, Code 20 mean to notify the press of a newsworthy event. My bad. (p.s. Smokey and the Bandit is one of my all time favorite movies)
code20
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August 31, 2013
DTB1445: You got it! These posting tag names often reflect who we are or what we do. Be interesting to see how long it takes for someone to come up with my name... they will have to been in Tracy for thirty plus years.



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