COLUMBUS – Ohio Lieutenant Governor and Department of Insurance Director Mary Taylor announced that a Department insurance fraud investigation involving a $2,400 claim has led to the sentencing of husband and wife, Tony and Patricia Pelfrey, of Cable, Ohio.
“Thanks to our partnerships with law enforcement and county prosecutors across the state, we are aggressively pursuing those who choose to break the law,” Taylor said. “No matter the amount, those who commit fraud are harming consumers and driving up the cost of insurance in Ohio.”
Tony Pelfrey received a 12-month jail sentence suspended while Patricia Pelfrey received 10 months of suspended jail time. They both also received three years of community control and were ordered to complete 75 hours of community service. In May of 2013, Tony Pelfrey pled guilty to felony insurance fraud while Patricia Pelfrey pled guilty to a felony charge of telecommunications fraud. Both of the Pelfreys also pled guilty to misdemeanor attempted theft charges.
After an investigation completed by the Department and the Champaign County Prosecutor’s Office, it was determined the Pelfreys submitted false information to support a loss they claimed was more than $2,400 involving their air conditioning system.
The Department said insurance fraud drives up the cost of insurance for everyone, and urges Ohioans to report it. If you believe someone may be committing insurance fraud, such as padding a claim and submitting false receipts, call the Department’s fraud hotline at 1-800-686-1527. Insurance fraud information can be found on the Department’s website, www.insurance.ohio.gov.