COLUMBUS – Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor announced that three Ohioans have been sentenced for insurance-related crimes as the result of investigations by the Ohio Department of Insurance.
“The fight against insurance fraud is to protect consumers and I appreciate the efforts of our law enforcement partners across the state,” said Taylor, also director of the Ohio Department of Insurance. “Insurance fraud harms all Ohioans by driving up the cost of insurance.”
Pickerington resident Steven Franklin was sentenced to five years of community control supervision after pleading guilty to insurance fraud. He was ordered by a Franklin County Court of Common Pleas judge to pay restitution of more than $25,000. The department found that Franklin submitted false receipts to his insurance company to support a property loss claim.
Erika Davis, of Fremont, purchased insurance after an accident then misrepresented information for coverage to apply in a claim totaling more than $4,500. Davis was sentenced in Common Pleas Court to three years of community control supervision for theft and ordered to complete 100 hours of community service.
Tangela Grissom, of West Chester Township, falsified information in support of a more than $3,000 property loss insurance claim. Grissom was sentenced in Common Pleas Court to two years of community control supervision for attempted insurance fraud.
Ohioans aware of insurance fraud are urged to report it to the Ohio Department of Insurance by calling 1-800-686-1527. Insurance fraud information is available at www.insurance.ohio.gov.