COLUMBUS — Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor announced today that Girard resident Katherine Richards was sentenced on June 22 in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court to five years of community control (probation) for theft in an insurance fraud case totaling $22,000.
An Ohio Department of Insurance investigation found that Richards lied about receiving Social Security benefits and was collecting disability benefits from an insurance company at the same time. Richards has since returned the stolen money to the insurance company.
“Insurance fraud is a serious crime,” said Taylor, also the Director of the Ohio Department of Insurance. “And we are committed to holding those who commit this crime accountable for their actions.”
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.