Idaho Man Sentenced for Fabricating Bill of Sale on $700 Mercedes

February 27, 2020

An Idaho man was sentenced for insurance fraud in violation of Idaho code after reportedly purchasing a 1992 Mercedes for $700 and then adding the vehicle to an existing policy with GEICO.

Hester then filed a claim for damages done to the vehicle caused by the hood flying up while driving.

During the claims process, he reportedly fabricated his own bill of sale, listed a price of $3,750, stated the vehicle was in excellent condition and signed as the purported seller.

GEICO found the seller who provided the actual bill of sale of $700 and stated that she advised Hester of the vehicle’s damage to the hood.

Hester admitted to investigators with the Idaho Department of Insurance that he knew about the vehicle’s damage and forged a bill of sale.

Fourth District Court Judge Jason Scott ordered a one-year fixed sentence. The court then suspended the sentence and placed Hester on one year of unsupervised probation. Hester was ordered to serve 100 hours of community service and pay a fine of $500 plus court costs. He was also ordered to pay $453 in restitution to the Idaho Department of Insurance and $836 to GEICO.

The Office of the Attorney General’s Special Prosecutions Unit prosecuted the case.

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