N.H. Man Took Insurance Monies for Items He Never Replaced

A 60-year-old New Hampshire man has been convicted of insurance fraud for taking money to replace items destroyed in a fire when he never replaced them, according to state officials.

Attorney General Kelly Ayotte said Wellington Potter of Jefferson was sentenced to six months in jail and fined $42,000. The jail sentence was suspended for three years conditioned upon payment of the fine, payment of $21,000 in restitution, apologizing to the insurance company and remaining on good behavior.

Ayotte said Potter filed a claim after a house fire to Vermont Mutual Insurance Co. to replace items damaged in the fire. Potter submitted two sets of receipts for purchases that were never made.