A Delaware County father and son have been sentenced for insurance fraud.
69-year old Richard H. Hartman of Manchester and 44-year old Tobin L. Hartman of Ryan have been sentenced to two years of supervised probation after pleading guilty in Delaware County District Court recently to the charge of Fraudulent Practices in the Third Degree.
Both were originally charged in connection with an insurance fraud investigation conducted by the Iowa Insurance Division’s Fraud Bureau and the Delaware County Attorney’s Office.
The investigation concluded that Richard Hartman filed a fraudulent insurance claim with Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company seeking insurance proceeds to cover damages he falsely reported to have been caused when he struck his son Tobin’s cattle barn with a skid loader, causing the building to collapse. Tobin Hartman provided false statements to the insurance company supporting his father’s version of the events.
The estimated cost to replace the damaged building exceeded $240,000, which the Hartmans were ultimately unsuccessful in obtaining.
“Insurance companies work hard to identify suspected fraudulent insurance claims and they play a very important role in deterring insurance fraud by denying claims such as this,” Iowa Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen said. “Insurance fraud is not a victimless crime and we will continue to help ensure those attempting to commit insurance fraud are held accountable.”
Iowans with information about insurance fraud are encouraged to contact the Iowa Insurance Division’s Fraud Bureau at 515-242-5304.