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

Date: September 29, 2010

Bruce Thompson Sentenced for Insurance Fraud

(Boise) – Wesley Bruce Thompson, 58, a former Mutual of Omaha insurance agent, was sentenced yesterday for insurance fraud, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said. First District Judge John Mitchell ordered Thompson to serve 20 days in jail, perform 400 hours of community service, and pay $4,210 in restitution.

Thompson, of Rathdrum, pleaded guilty on July 29, 2010, to one count of insurance fraud. By pleading guilty, Thompson admitted that a jury could find him guilty of submitting an application for a life insurance policy for one of his clients without her knowledge by scanning his client’s signature from another policy and photocopying the signature onto the false application.

The Special Prosecutions Unit of the Attorney General’s Criminal Law Division and the Idaho Department of Insurance investigated the case at the request of Mutual of Omaha. Deputy Attorney General Rondee Blessing prosecuted the case.

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