COLUMBUS — Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor announced today that former McConnelsville insurance agent James Brent Whitehouse was sentenced in the Morgan County Court of Common Pleas to 90 days in jail with work-release conditions, five years of community control, 200 hours of community service and ordered to pay $838.09 in restitution to former clients. Whitehouse pleaded guilty to insurance fraud and theft earlier this year.
“Those who commit fraud are harming all Ohioans by driving up the cost of insurance,” said Taylor, also Director of the Ohio Department of Insurance, which led the investigation. “The Department of Insurance will continue to pursue action against those that choose to break insurance laws in Ohio.”
In separate incidents, the Department found Whitehouse submitted documentation for false losses related to an approximately $48,000 barn fire claim. Whitehouse also misappropriated $14,000 in client premium funds. The funds were returned and his clients did not go without insurance coverage.
Whitehouse’s insurance agent license was revoked by the Department in February 2014.
Ohioans who suspect insurance fraud or professional misconduct should call the Department’s fraud hotline at 800-686-1527. Insurance fraud information is available at www.insurance.ohio.gov.