S.D. Former Agent Sentenced to 21 Years, Admits Swindling Another

October 26, 2006

A former insurance agent sentenced to 21 years in prison for cheating six elderly people has pleaded guilty to swindling a seventh.

Ryan Wingler, 34, admitted in court Monday that he stole $16,000 from a woman who said she wrote a check to him for an insurance policy that was never issued.

Prosecutors will ask a judge to add another two years to Wingler’s prison term when he’s sentenced later.

He sold insurance premiums to people but kept the money in what special prosecutor Don Srstka called “elder abuse.”

The insurance company he worked for has repaid more than $300,000 to victims.

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