(Boise) – Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has announced a Kootenai County woman was sentenced Friday, December 18, for insurance fraud.
26-year-old Alexa Pehrson, of Coeur d’Alene, pleaded guilty to felony insurance fraud in October.
First District Court Judge Lansing Haynes sentenced Pehrson to two years of supervised felony probation and 150 hours of community service. The court also ordered Pehrson to pay $4,628 in restitution to GEICO Insurance and $1,482 to the Idaho Department of Insurance, as well as court costs. The defendant was also given 90 days of unscheduled jail time to be served at the discretion of her probation officer. Judge Haynes granted Pehrson a withheld judgment.
An investigation revealed that on December 19, 2017, Pehrson struck a guard rail while driving on Interstate 90 in Kootenai County. She was uninsured at the time. Pehrson successfully applied for an insurance policy through GEICO later that day and did not disclose the accident. Three weeks later, Pehrson filed a claim with GEICO for another, similar collision with a guard rail on Interstate 90. Unaware of the previous accident, the insurance company paid to repair damage from both collisions.
Deputy Attorney General David Morse in the Attorney General’s Special Prosecutions Unit prosecuted the case. The Idaho Department of Insurance investigated.