COLUMBUS – Ohio Lieutenant Governor and Department of Insurance Director Mary Taylor announced that Cleveland resident John Deskins was sentenced to two years of probation in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court for theft after evidence gathered by the Department showed Deskins abandoned his car at a local repair facility and then filed an insurance claim stating his vehicle had been stolen.
“I appreciate the effort put forth by the investigative team, including our local partners, in this case to ensure justice has been served,” Taylor said. “Insurance fraud increases the cost of insurance for all of us which is why fighting and preventing it continues to be a top priority for the Department.”
After being contacted by Deskins’ insurer, the Department found that Deskins claimed to the insurer and police that his vehicle was stolen while parked at a Cleveland bar. Deskins was paid $8,898.22 by his insurer for the supposed theft. After the claim was paid, information regarding the alleged loss indicated that the vehicle had been abandoned and was not stolen as originally portrayed. The owners of the body shop were unaware Deskins had reported the vehicle stolen. They contacted Deskins’ insurer after attempts to reach him were unsuccessful.
If you believe someone may be committing professional misconduct or insurance fraud, call the Department fraud hotline at 1-800-686-1527 to report it. Insurance fraud information is available at www.insurance.ohio.gov.