(Boise) – Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has announced the successful prosecution of an Idahoan accused of Insurance Fraud.
On Friday, June 30, Third District Judge Susan Wiebe sentenced 39-year-old Chris R. Kienitz of Emmett after he pleaded guilty to Insurance Fraud in April.
Judge Wiebe sentenced Kienitz to up to four years in prison. The court suspended the prison sentence and placed the defendant on four years probation. Kienitz was ordered to serve 180 days in the Gem County Jail with 130 days suspended.
Kienitz admitted to providing a false statement to an insurance company. An investigation revealed that in November 2014, Kienitz filed a claim with Progressive Insurance for an accident involving his vehicle. He told Progressive that he had recently acquired the vehicle and that he’d forgotten to add it to his policy. Investigators determined that Kienitz had acquired the vehicle several months prior and that the accident occurred before Kienitz called to add the vehicle to his policy. The claim was denied.
As part of the plea agreement, Kieintz agreed to pay $990 in restitution to the Idaho Department of Insurance.
The case was prosecuted by Deputy Attorney General Jessica Cafferty of the Attorney General’s Special Prosecutions Unit.