For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Kriss Bivens Cloyd
(208) 334-4119

Date: October 19, 2015

Pocatello Man Sentenced for Insurance Fraud

(Boise) – Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced today that Jeffrey J. Zausch, 28, of Pocatello has been sentenced for one count of insurance fraud. Sixth District Judge Robert Naftz gave Zausch a withheld judgment, ordered him to perform 100 hours of community service, pay Geico Insurance $376 in restitution, pay a $1,250 fine and placed him on probation for 3 years.

Zausch pleaded guilty to one count of insurance fraud on September 8, 2015, a felony. By pleading guilty, he admitted that he knowingly provided a false statement to his insurance company regarding the date of his automobile accident.

Zausch wrecked his vehicle on February 3, 2014. An off-duty Idaho State Police Officer called in the wreck and a Bannock County Sheriff’s Deputy responded and identified Zausch as the driver. Zausch had his vehicle towed to his home in Pocatello that same day. The following day, February 4, he called his insurance carrier, Geico; to change his policy from liability only to full coverage. Sixteen days after he added full coverage insurance to his vehicle, Zausch contacted his insurance carrier to report he was involved in an accident on February 18, and filed a claim. When filing his claim, he stated that law enforcement did not respond to the accident.

The Geico Special Investigations Unit Referred the matter to the Idaho Department of Insurance’s Fraud Investigation Unit for additional investigation. The case was prosecuted by Deputy Attorney General Kendal McDevitt of the Attorney General’s Insurance Crimes Unit.

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