Insurance Fraud NEWS
Ex-cop in Alabama sentenced to prison for staging burglary
August 14, 2018, Prattville, AL
A former Prattville police officer was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty in July to first-degree insurance fraud, first-degree conspiracy to commit burglary, and third-degree burglary.
Judge Ben Fuller sentenced Leon “Todd” Townson, 51, to a decade on each count involving insurance fraud and conspiracy to commit burglary, and three years for third-degree burglary. Those sentences will be served concurrently, or at the same time, with the Alabama Department of Corrections.
Two counts of conspiracy to commit robbery, first-degree robbery were dismissed. He will receive credit for time served in jail.
Townson pleaded guilty to crimes involving a break-in at an Autauga County house. He and co-defendants conspired to break into another residence and defrauded Travelers Insurance by filing false information on a claim.
The claim allowed Townson to get $190,000 in insurance money after claiming property was stolen from his former business, River Region Coin and Collectibles. A law enforcement search found some of the property was not stolen, rather it was recovered from Townson's home.
In addition to his prison sentence, Townson will also have to pay more than $200,000 in restitution to the insurance company for defrauding them.
Townson was taken into custody after the judge handed down his sentence.
Another of Townson's co-defendants, Raymond Douglas McCray, 18, of Montgomery, was also sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison. McCray pleaded guilty in July to committing first-degree burglary.
A third co-defendant, former Prattville police officer John Wayne McDaniel, 49, will be sentenced later in the week. He pleaded guilty in October to conspiracy to commit burglary and burglary third-degree as well as other unrelated felony charges.