SLO County DA takes on ex-baseball star

January 23, 2015
Ted Lilly

Ted Lilly

San Luis Obispo County prosecutors have charged former Major League Baseball pitcher Ted Lilly with insurance fraud. [KSBY]

The district attorney’s office alleges that Lilly, 39, damaged his approximately $200,000 RV but did not file a claim until after he purchased insurance for the vehicle. The crime occurred in March 2014, Assistant District Attorney Lee Cunningham said.

On Thursday, Lilly appeared in San Luis Obispo Superior Court and pleaded not guilty to three felony counts. He is charged with filing a false insurance claim, making a false statement in support of a claim and failing to disclose a material fact in connection with a claim.

Lilly resides in Edna Valley. He retired from Major League Baseball in 2013 after a 15-year career that earned him nearly $100 million in base salary.

He spent four years with the Los Angeles Dodgers and was selected for two All-Star games.

Lilly faces a maximum sentence of five years for the alleged crimes. He is due to appear back in court on Feb. 5.



  1. OnTheOtherHand says:

    That was an amateur play. Insurance fraud needs professionalism to be successful just as much as baseball. He should have taken lessons from Murphy and Parkinson on how to screw an insurance company and get away with it.

    (2) 10 Total Votes - 6 up - 4 down
  2. bobfromsanluis says:

    Another case of a OnePercenter® thinking they could do no wrong, they would not get caught, that they are “entitled” to anything their heart desires.

    More like this, please, DA Dow.

    (3) 19 Total Votes - 11 up - 8 down
  3. JB Bronson says:

    What? He didn’t already make a ridiculous amount of money to play a game with a little while ball?

    (8) 14 Total Votes - 11 up - 3 down
  4. Black_Copter_Pilot says:

    He must have paid cash for it, a finance Co would have mandated full coverage before he took possession.

    (12) 12 Total Votes - 12 up - 0 down
  5. DennySLO says:

    You choose to defraud an insurance company ($200k) and you’ll do some time. Defraud individual investors of (100 Million) and you get a slap on the wrist with the promise to never do it again, that is if you ever get to trial!

    (42) 42 Total Votes - 42 up - 0 down
    • NorCoMod says:

      Unfortunately, you’re correct. It’s all about how much justice you can afford.
      With all of it’s failings though, the US Justice is still tops in the world.

      (1) 9 Total Votes - 5 up - 4 down
  6. jonhartz says:

    How unfair! You actually have to buy insurance before a loss?? LMAO!

    (17) 19 Total Votes - 18 up - 1 down
    • JMO says:

      Jon, are you making a joke about Obamacare? Cut that out!

      (2) 16 Total Votes - 9 up - 7 down

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