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

Date: July 24, 2012

Former Insurance Agent Matthew Williams Sentenced for Insurance Fraud

(Boise) – Heyburn resident Matthew R. Williams was sentenced yesterday for insurance fraud, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said.  Fifth District Judge Richard Bevan sentenced Williams to 30 days in the county jail and a $1,700 fine.  The court suspended the fine and entered a withheld judgment.  Williams previously paid $1,794 in restitution.

Williams, 29, pleaded guilty on May 29, 2012, to one count of insurance fraud.

In June of 2011, Williams was involved in an automobile accident in Twin Falls.  Williams, a licensed insurance agent at the time of the accident, contacted Progressive Insurance to report the accident.  Progressive Insurance’s computer system showed that Williams uploaded a policy approximately a half hour after he reported the accident.  When questioned about the timing of the policy purchase, Williams claimed that he had uploaded the policy 30 to 45 minutes before his accident.

A joint investigation by Progressive Insurance, the Idaho Department of Insurance and the Attorney General’s Office led to the criminal case against Williams.

Deputy Attorney General Rondee Blessing prosecuted the case.

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