Man sentenced for insurance fraud

Attorney General Frankie Sue Del Papa announced that Robert Ames, 27, of Elko, has pleaded guilty before Elko County District Court Judge Mike Memeo to the charge of conspiracy to defraud an insurance company.

Ames filed a claim with Sentry Dairyland Insurance Co. after having an auto accident in his ex-wife's vehicle. He represented the vehicle as his own, and took possession of the check issued by the insurance company. After cashing the check, Ames did not give the money to his ex-wife, nor did he have the vehicle repaired.

Ames is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 10, 2000. He faces up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,000.

"Insurance fraud is not a victimless crime," Del Papa stated. "It affects every Nevada citizen in the form of higher premiums."

If you have any information regarding possible insurance fraud, you're urged to call the Nevada Attorney General's Insurance Fraud Hotline at 1-800-266-8688. Information about insurance fraud can be found on the Attorney General's website at


Nevada Attorney General's Insurance Fraud Hotline: 1-800-266-8688.

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