A Maple Heights man thought he could hide his car and then claim that it was stolen to collect $9,000 in insurance money.
Ohio Lieutenant Governor and Department of Insurance Director Mary Taylor said Cleveland resident John Deskins Jr, 42, was sentenced to two years of probation By Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Kathleen Sutula.
She sentenced Deskins for theft after evidence gathered by the Department showed Deskins abandoned his car at a local repair facility and then filed an insurance claim with Progressive Insurance, stating his vehicle had been stolen.
After being contacted by Deskins' insurer, the Department found that Deskins claimed to the insurer and police that his vehicle was stolen while parked at a Cleveland bar.
Deskins was paid $8,898.22 by his insurer for the supposed theft.
After the claim was paid, information regarding the alleged loss indicated that the vehicle had been abandoned and was not stolen as originally portrayed. The owners of the body shop were unaware Deskins had reported the vehicle stolen.
They contacted Deskins' insurer after attempts to reach him were unsuccessful.
"I appreciate the effort put forth by the investigative team, including our local partners, in this case to ensure justice has been served," Taylor said. "Insurance fraud increases the cost of insurance for all of us which is why fighting and preventing it continues to be a top priority for the Department."