Man Arrested After Claiming $100K Engagement Ring was Stolen
Police say Marcus Darryl Williams had several insurance policies on the ring and filed at least four fraudulent claims.
Marcus Darryl Williams and the ring he allegedly claimed was stolen (Santa Ana Police Department)
Marcus Darryl Williams, 39, of Los Angeles told police on Jan. 26 that the 5-carat ring was stolen from his office, according to Santa Ana police Cmdr. Anthony Bertagna.
Williams, a Vice President of Sales for Verizon, claimed he had the ring in a backpack and was going to have it cleaned before proposing marriage on Valentine's Day, police said.
Detectives later discovered Williams had several insurance policies and filed at least four claims, Bertagna said.
Williams was arrested at his office on March 12.
He is apparently no longer working for Verizon.
Bertagna said he did propose to his fiancée.
Williams has been charged with five felony counts of making false or fraudulent claims, according to Orange County Superior Court records.
He's free on $20,000 bail.
Police say the ring was never stolen.
Williams was arrested in Chicago in 1995 for committing check fraud, the OC Register reported, adding that he was convicted and sentenced to eight years in prison, but served one year.