For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Bob Cooper
(208) 334-4112

Date: August 8, 2006

Sanchez Sentenced in Insurance Fraud Case

(Boise) – Anthony V. Sanchez, 29, was sentenced for filing a false insurance claim stating his vehicle was stolen when it had been repossessed in front of a police officer in Sanchez’ presence, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said. Fourth District Judge Thomas F. Neville sentenced Sanchez yesterday to two concurrent seven year sentences. The court suspended the sentence and ordered him to serve 180 days in the Ada County Jail, pay restitution to State Farm Insurance and reimburse the Idaho Department of Insurance for investigative costs.

Sanchez, a Boise resident, pleaded guilty on June 12, 2006, to making false statements to obtain insurance benefits. Sanchez purchased a 1999 Subaru Legacy from West Coast Motors on August 25, 2004, by signing a credit application subject to approval. He drove the vehicle from the dealership but later refused to provide proof of his employment, and the dealership was unable to secure a loan. The dealership had the vehicle repossessed on September 14, 2004.

On September 15, 2004, Sanchez contacted State Farm Insurance to report the 1999 Subaru Legacy stolen. Sanchez was provided a rental vehicle on September 16, 2004, and returned the rental car on October 5. State Farm paid Sanchez $12,583.40 for the allegedly stolen vehicle.

The case was investigated by Idaho Department of Insurance Investigator Don Roberson and prosecuted by Ken Robins, Special Prosecutions Unit of the Attorney General’s Criminal Law Division.

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