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Idaho Falls Man Sentenced For Insurance Fraud

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By Paul Johnson

Boise, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) – Shannon Ray Stringham, 32, was sentenced for insurance fraud this Monday Morning. Seventh District Judge Dane Watkins, Jr., sentenced Stringham to 10 days in jail. He was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, perform 100 hours of community service, placed on probation for three years and was granted a withheld judgment.

On April 7, 2014, Stringham pleaded guilty by entering an “Alford plea,” thereby admitting that the State has sufficient evidence that a jury would likely find him guilty. The plea was to one count of insurance fraud. The Alford plea was for conduct in which Stringham made a claim for damages, knowing a policy was not in effect during the time the damage occurred on July 10, 2012, when a propane tank exploded in his condominium complex.

Stringham contacted American Family Insurance one day after the explosion to reinstate his lapsed homeowner’s insurance policy. The reinstated policy went into effect July 12, 2012. One month later, he contacted his insurance carrier to report a July 11, 2012, fire that caused smoke damage to his condo and the contents inside.

Insurance fraud is a felony that impacts all Idahoans. Anyone who witnesses or suspects insurance fraud is encouraged to contact the Idaho Department of Insurance at [www.doi.idaho.gov]www.doi.idaho.gov.

The case was investigated by the Idaho Department of Insurance and prosecuted by Deputy Attorney General Lisa Donnell of the Attorney General’s Insurance Crimes Unit.


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