Nev. Man Sentenced to 8 Years for Insurance Fraud

June 27, 2005

Leonard Sanfilippo was recently sentenced by Judge Connie Steinheimer on June 21, 2005, in Washoe County District Court in Nevada.

He pled guilty to two felonies, insurance fraud and obtaining
money by false pretense on Jan. 25, 2005. He reportedly claimed that he had been hit by a vehicle while walking across the street on Dec. 28, 2002. In fact, the vehicle in question reportedly never even touched him.

Sanfilippo made a claim for $11,000 with Progressive Insurance for a
hand injury that he reportedly caused himself by punching a brick wall. Sanfilippo lied to get the money from Progressive Insurance Company and then reportedly bragged about cheating an insurance
company out of the money.

Sanfilippo’s original sentencing date was March 4, 2005. He reportedly failed to appear for his sentencing hearing and a bench warrant was issued by the Court for a bail amount of $20,000.

Ryan McDonald, investigator with the Office of the Attorney General, was able to apprehend Sanfilippo and bring him to jail and ultimately back to court for sentencing.

Sanfilippo was sentenced to 48 months for count one and 48 months for count two with parole eligibility of 19 months. The duration of the sentencing terms were ordered to run consecutively. Sanfilippo was not given the opportunity for probation based upon his past
criminal history and conduct during this case.

Sanfilippo was also ordered to pay $11,000 in restitution to Progressive Insurance Company and $2,000 to the Office of the Attorney General for investigative costs.

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