(Boise) – Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has announced an Ada County man was sentenced Friday, March 9, for one count of Insurance Fraud.
Fourth District Judge Michael Reardon sentenced 36-year-old Benjamin Mokhtarani, of Boise, after he pleaded guilty in January.
Judge Reardon imposed a four year prison sentence, then suspended the sentence and placed Mokhtarani on four years of supervised probation. The judge also ordered the defendant to serve 60 days in jail and 200 hours of community service. Mokhtarani was ordered to pay restitution to the Idaho Department of Insurance in the amount of $520, a fine of $2,500 and court costs.
In December 2015, Mokhtarani sustained damage to his vehicle and submitted a claim to State Farm Insurance. He received a payout of $2,777 but never made repairs to the damage. On August 1, 2016, Mokhtarani submitted a second claim for the same damage. State Farm denied his claim and referred the matter to the Department of Insurance. Mokhtarani admitted to a department investigator that he did not repair his vehicle with the money from the first claim.
Deputy Attorney General Nicole Schafer in the Attorney General’s Special Prosecutions Unit prosecuted the case.