For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Bob Cooper
(208) 334-4112

Date: February 7, 2007

Jeri Willets Sentenced for Insurance Fraud

(Boise) – Boise resident Jeri Willets, 40, received a seven year prison sentence for insurance fraud, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said. Willets pleaded guilty to one count of criminal conspiracy to commit insurance fraud and was sentenced by Fourth District Judge Ronald Wilpur. Judge Wilpur also ordered Willets to pay $13,252.76 in restitution. The court retained jurisdiction for 180 days.

In May of 2005, Willets took her boyfriend to the emergency room at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. Willets provided the hospital with her Blue Cross of Idaho insurance card and claimed the boyfriend was her estranged husband who was covered under her medical policy. Blue Cross of Idaho was billed more than $13,252 for the emergency surgery and the related hospital expenses for Willets’ boyfriend. When Blue Cross discovered that Willets’ boyfriend had impersonated her soon-to-be ex-husband, Blue Cross denied the claims, leaving the medical providers unpaid.

“Fraudulent insurance claims have a negative impact upon the rates Idahoans pay for insurance and medical care,“ Attorney General Wasden said. “My office will continue to work closely with the Idaho Department of Insurance to curb these crimes.”

A joint investigation by Donald Roberson, Charles Hudson and Kevin Blue of the Idaho Department of Insurance and Karen Wright of the Special Investigations Unit for Blue Cross of Idaho led to the charges. The case was prosecuted by Deputy Attorneys General Ken Robins of the Attorney General’s Special Prosecutions Unit and John Kennan of the Idaho Department of Insurance.

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