For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Scott Graf
scott.graf@ag.idaho.gov
(208) 334-4112

Date: July 24, 2017

Pocatello Woman Sentenced for Insurance Fraud

(Boise) - Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has announced the successful prosecution of an Idahoan accused of Insurance Fraud.

On Monday, July 24, Fourth District Judge Melissa Moody sentenced 33-year-old Michaelynn G. Christy of Pocatello after she pleaded guilty to Insurance Fraud in April.

Judge Moody sentenced Christy to three years probation and 200 hours of community service. Christy was also ordered to serve four days in jail with credit for time served. She was fined $500.

Christy admitted to providing a false statement to an insurance company. An investigation revealed that in March 2015, she’d filed a claim with Esurance for an alleged hit-and-run in the parking lot of a Boise Walmart. However, investigators determined the damage to Christy’s vehicle was not consistent with just one accident or impact. She later admitted to a Department of Insurance investigator that her car was not struck as claimed. Instead, she admitted that she’d driven her car into a carport post and that her brother had backed into her car.

As part of the plea agreement, Christy agreed to pay $1517 in restitution to the Idaho Department of Insurance and $179 to Esurance.

The case was prosecuted by Deputy Attorney General Jessica Cafferty of the Attorney General’s Special Prosecutions Unit.

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