(Boise) – Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has announced a Washington man was sentenced Tuesday, March 30, for insurance fraud.

38-year-old Benjamin C. Beckett, of Pasco, Washington, pleaded guilty in February.

Second District Judge John C. Judge withheld judgment and placed Beckett on supervised probation for two years. The judge ordered Beckett to pay court costs in the amount of $245, restitution of $1,219 to the Idaho Department of Insurance, and $17,000 to Northwestern Long Term Insurance Company. The court also imposed and suspended 48 hours of jail time to be utilized at the discretion of a probation officer.

An investigation revealed that while caring for a disabled relative in Latah County, Beckett formed a company and submitted claims to the relative’s insurance company in order to receive reimbursement for care he provided to the relative. However, under the relative’s long term care insurance policy, family members were not eligible to receive reimbursement for providing care. Beckett admitted to investigators he submitted the claims under the company’s name because he knew he would not be paid if he submitted them under his own name.

Deputy Attorney General Nicole Schafer in the Attorney General’s Special Prosecutions Unit prosecuted the case. The Idaho Department of Insurance investigated.

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