COLUMBUS – Five people across Ohio have been sentenced for insurance crimes resulting from investigative work by the Ohio Department of Insurance, department director Jillian Froment announced.
“Insurance fraud is not a victimless crime and ultimately drives up the cost of insurance for consumers,” Froment said. “We take allegations of fraud seriously and work closely with our law enforcement partners to investigate criminal activity and hold those accountable for their actions.”
Clermont County/Shandell Thomas and Aaron Thomas
In October, Shandell Thomas, of Cincinnati, was sentenced in court to five years of community control and ordered to pay $12,215 in restitution to five insurance companies. In November, her husband Aaron Thomas received a community control sentence of five years, also for insurance fraud. The couple submitted false medical invoices to insurance companies related to an auto insurance claim.
Licking County/Vernisha Shepherd-Harris
In November, Vernisha Shepherd-Harris, of Pataskala, was sentenced in court to two years of community control for insurance fraud. She submitted $3,488 in false medical bills to an insurance company as part of an auto insurance claim.
Scioto County/Lisa Chamberlin
In November, insurance agent Lisa Chamberlin, of Lucasville, was sentenced in court to five years of community control for insurance fraud and ordered to pay more than $5,000 in restitution to an insurance company. She provided fabricated insurance applications to the company to receive commission money.
Lucas County/Trivia Wilson
In November, Trivia Wilson, of Toledo, was sentenced in court to three years of community control for attempted insurance fraud and ordered to pay restitution. Wilson submitted $11,845 in fictitious receipts to an insurance company tied to a property loss insurance claim.
The Ohio Department of Insurance, one of the state’s largest consumer protection agencies, investigates allegations of insurance fraud and assists in the prosecution of agent, consumer and provider wrongdoing relating to the business of insurance.
Ohioans aware of insurance fraud and professional misconduct should report it to the department by calling 1-800-686-1527. Insurance fraud information is available at www.insurance.ohio.gov.