Reno Man Pleads Guilty to Fraud

April 7, 2003

Nev. Attorney General Brian Sandoval announced that Michael Vierra, 57, pleaded guilty before Judge Jerome Polaha in the Washoe County Courthouse to conspiracy to commit insurance fraud. The investigation and prosecution were conducted by the Attorney General’s Insurance Fraud Unit (IFU).

Vierra allegedly submitted a claim with State Farm Insurance and falsified the receipts to receive more money than that to which he was entitled. In addition to paying restitution, Vierra will face up to one year in jail and a fine of $2000.00.

“Insurance fraud often begins with a legitimate claim that perpetrators then ‘pad’ with false submissions or receipts,” said Ronda Clifton, Deputy Attorney General with the IFU.

“This is not a victimless crime. Ultimately, policyholders, taxpayers and the general public pick up the tab through increased insurance rates, higher taxes and inflated prices for consumer goods and services as a result.”

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