Twin Falls man sentenced for insurance fraud

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — A Twin Falls man was sentenced to six years in jail on insurance fraud on Monday.

According to the Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, a judge sentenced Tony A. Heerschler, 44, of Twin Falls, on Monday and suspended the sentenced for three years of probation.

The Idaho Department of Insurance investigated a claim made my Herschler in October 2016. The Attorney General’s office said Herschler purchased an insurance policy from Liberty Mutual, then filed a claim eight days later.

In the claim, Herschler claimed his room at the Super 7 Motel in Twin Falls had been burglarized and $33,360 in personal property was stolen. He claimed the items stolen included a diamond ring, a 10 ounce gold bar, a 1798 silver dollar, two 1917 George Washington dollar notes, a PlayStation 4 and 147 PlayStation 4 games. Liberty Mutual later discovered that many of the video games reported stolen had not yet been released to the public.

According to a news release, Herschler was also ordered to serve 180 days jail with 160 days as discretionary. He received credit for time served and is eligible to complete the remaining jail time with community service hours. The court ordered the defendant to pay $880 in restitution to the Idaho Department of Insurance and $1,500 to Liberty Mutual, as well as court costs.

Deputy Attorney General Jessica Cafferty in the Attorney General’s Special Prosecutions Unit prosecuted the case. The Idaho Department of Insurance investigated.

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