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

Date: September 9, 2012

Christina M. Johnson Sentenced for Insurance Fraud

(Boise) – Hayden resident, Christina "Chrissy" M. Johnson, was sentenced today for insurance fraud, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said. First District Judge Benjamin Simpson sentenced Johnson to up to four years in prison. The court suspended the prison sentence and ordered Johnson to serve 30 days in the county jail, placed her on probation for three years and ordered her to pay court costs.

Johnson, 41, a former agent with Jesberger Insurance Agency, pleaded guilty on May 24, 2012, to one count of insurance fraud. By pleading guilty, Johnson admitted that on October 24, 2008, she lowered the deductible on her sister and brother-in-law's 1994 Dodge 3500 truck and lowered the value of the truck. The original deductible on the truck was $2,500 and Johnson reduced it to $250. She also lowered the value of the truck from $33,000 to $10,000. Three days later, Johnson contacted Progressive Insurance claims department to report an accident involving the truck, which happened the same day she lowered the deductible and the truck's value. Investigators determined that after Johnson was notified of the accident, she changed the deductible to help her family.

The case was referred to the Attorney General's Insurance Crimes Unit by Progressive Insurance and the Idaho Department of Insurance. The case was prosecuted by Deputy Attorney General Rondee Blessing.

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