BOISE — On March 30, Benjamin C. Beckett appeared earlier than Latah County Choose John Choose for insurance coverage fraud in violation of Idaho Code 41-293(1)(a).
In 2017, Pasco, Wash.resident Benjamin C. Beckett’s stepfather, a Latah County man, was brutally attacked, rendering him disabled and unable to work or take care of himself. Beckett moved residence to be his stepfather’s caregiver.
His stepfather had a long-term care insurance coverage coverage from Northwestern Mutual and beneath this coverage no protection was offered for relations offering care. In response, Beckett fashioned an organization to behave because the care supplier for his stepfather, and he submitted claims on behalf of his firm beneath false names with a purpose to receive reimbursement.
Northwestern Mutual opened an investigation and concerned the Investigations Division of the Division of Insurance coverage (DOI). Beckett admitted to DOI investigators that with a purpose to get his claims reimbursed he created an organization utilizing false names.
The quantity wrongfully paid to Beckett was over $24,000. Northwestern Mutual provided to accept $17,000.
“What occurred to Mr. Beckett’s stepfather is grievous. Sadly, insurance coverage fraud isn’t a victimless crime because it causes all Idahoans to endure, paying larger insurance coverage premiums,” mentioned Director Dean Cameron.
The Latah County choose positioned Beckett on supervised probation for 2 years to be supervised through an interstate compact by means of Washington State Probation and Parole. The choose ordered Mr. Beckett to pay courtroom prices within the quantity of $245.50, restitution of $1,219.95 to the DOI and $17,000 to Northwestern Lengthy Time period Insurance coverage Firm. The choose additionally imposed and suspended 48 hours of jail time to be utilized on the discretion of the probation officer. The Workplace of the Legal professional Normal’s Particular Prosecutions Unit prosecuted this case.