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

Date: January 18, 2011

Joseph Fisher Sentenced for Insurance Fraud and Forgery

(Boise) – Joseph Fisher of Rathdrum, Idaho, was sentenced January 14, 2011, for insurance fraud and forgery, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said.  First District Judge John Luster ordered Fisher to serve 18 months in prison.

Fisher, 44, pleaded guilty on October 8, 2010, to two felonies: one count of insurance fraud and one count of forgery.  By pleading guilty, he admitted that on July 2, 2007, he forged a full reconveyance document, with the intent of deceiving the insurer, Alliance Title.  A full recoveyance is a necessary document that would show there were no liens or money owed against the property that’s being used for collateral.  By submitting the forged full reconveyance document, Fisher was stating he owned the property free and clear, when this was not the case.  He also admitted that on September 27, 2007, he forged the name of a trustee on a full reconveyance document, knowing that without the trustee’s signature the document had no legal significance.

The Insurance Crimes Unit of the Attorney General’s Criminal Law Division prosecuted the case.  The FBI and the Idaho Department of Insurance investigated the case at the request of Alliance Title.  Deputy Attorney General Rondee Blessing prosecuted the case.

In a separate August 2009 civil action, Fisher was ordered to repay Independent Mortgage $226,500.

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