Insurance Fraud NEWS
Idahoans make same vehicle-damage claim with 2 insurers
April 20, 2017, Meridian, ID
Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has announced the successful prosecution of two Idahoans accused of insurance fraud.
On Tuesday, April 18, Fourth District Judge Jonathan Medema sentenced 28-year-old Razia Temori of Meridian after she pleaded guilty to Insurance Fraud on February 21.
Judge Medema sentenced Temori to 30 days in the Ada County Jail, followed by four years of felony probation. She was also ordered to notify her employer of her conviction. The defendant received a withheld judgment subject to completing the terms of her sentence.
An investigation revealed that in May 2013, Temori filed a claim with insurance provider Progressive for damage to her vehicle, a 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser. This resulted in Progressive issuing Temori a check for $784.01.
In August 2013, Temori signed up for an auto insurance policy with GEICO. The next month, Temori filed a claim for damage to the same vehicle. When insurance adjusters investigated, they discovered Temori’s GEICO claim was for the same damage reported to Progressive several months earlier.
The case was prosecuted by Deputy Attorneys General David Morse and Nicole Schafer of the Attorney General’s Special Prosecutions Unit.
On Wednesday, April 19, a judge in Kootenai County sentenced a 44-year-old Post Falls man to probation, community service and ordered him to pay more than $10,000 in fines, restitution and court costs.
Tosh Lanquist pleaded guilty to Insurance Fraud on Feb. 24 after an investigation revealed he’d applied for long term disability with Unum Life Insurance in October 2014.
On his application, Lanquist falsely stated that he was not employed, had no sources of income other than short term disability and that he did not have any professional certificates. Lanquist received his Idaho real estate license on June 3, 2014 and was working as a real estate agent when he completed the Unum application.
Kootenai County District Judge Cynthia Meyer sentenced Lanquist to perform 300 hours of community service in lieu of jail and to pay a fine of $500, plus court costs. He was also ordered to pay $1,248 in restitution to the Department of Insurance and $9,692 in restitution to Unum.
The defendant received a withheld judgment and six months of supervised probation. He paid both restitution amounts in full Thursday and has completed 166 hours of community service.
The case was prosecuted by Deputy Attorney General Jessica Cafferty of the Attorney General’s Special Prosecutions Unit.
Source: The Office of Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden
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