COLUMBUS — Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor announced today that two additional members of a Cincinnati-area fraudulent insurance claim ring have been sentenced in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court. The three main participants in the ring have now been sentenced for filing fraudulent claims for automobile accidents that never occurred, defrauding insurance companies of approximately $85,000.
Deandra Chambers was sentenced on Sept. 3 to four years in prison. Chambers pleaded guilty to three counts of insurance fraud and one count of tampering with records.
Trenton Evans, who was convicted of three counts of insurance fraud, was sentenced on July 30 to an additional six months in prison. Evans is currently in prison serving an 18-month term on an unrelated matter.
“Insurance fraud is a serious crime that hurts all Ohioans in the form of higher insurance premiums,” said Taylor, also Director of the Ohio Department of Insurance. “Fighting insurance fraud is a top priority of mine and the Department will continue to work to protect Ohioans.”
On June 16, Domynck Elahee was the first member of the ring to be sentenced. Elahee, who pleaded guilty to three felony counts of insurance fraud, was ordered to serve three years of community control and pay restitution of $7,700 to two insurance companies.
The Ohio Department of Insurance led the investigation with assistance provided by the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the National Insurance Crime Bureau.
Ohioans aware of insurance fraud are urged to report it to the Ohio Department of Insurance by calling its fraud hotline at 800-686-1527. Insurance fraud information is available at www.insurance.ohio.gov.