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Calif. police: Woman posing as FF filed fraudulent $30K insurance claim

Linda Heinold, 52, who police say used the alias “Vallie Light,” is accused of using multiple people’s social security numbers to make purchases


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By Laura French

AUBURN, Calif. — A California woman is accused of impersonating a firefighter while filing a fraudulent $30,000 insurance claim.

Auburn police arrested Linda Heinold, 52, this week after an “extensive” investigation that started when she allegedly posed as a member of the Auburn Fire Department, according to a police department statement. Over a year and a half, investigators say they uncovered evidence that Heinold had used multiple victims’ social security numbers and fraudulent driver’s license numbers to make purchases and obtain employment.

At the time of her arrest, Heinold was reportedly working as an apartment manager for a senior living complex and was going under the alias “Vallie Light,” according to police.

Heinold faces charges of insurance fraud, identity theft and forgery and was released on a $20,000 bond.