Former Chicago Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly pleaded not guilty to insurance fraud on Tuesday in San Luis Obispo County, California. He is alleged to have filed a false insurance claim on a damaged recreational vehicle. According to reports, Lilly damaged his RV which is worth approximately $200,000, but he did not file a claim for the damage until after he purchased insurance for it. According to Assistant DA Lee Cunningham, he now faces three separate charges for the alleged crimes which took place last March.
“I can tell you that he’s charged with three different felony counts. The first is filing a false insurance claim. The second one is a false statement in support of a claim and the third one has to do with failing to disclose a material fact in connection with an insurance claim,” Cunningham said.
Lilly pitched 15 seasons in the Major Leagues. He retired following the 2013 season after compiling a 130-113 career record with two All-Star appearances. Lilly is scheduled to appear in court on February 5th. If convicted of all crimes, he could face up to five years in prison.