For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Todd Dvorak
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Date: February 4, 2014

Nampa Man Sentenced for Insurance Fraud

(Boise) – Robert J. Schmidt, a resident of Nampa and former Nampa City Council member, was sentenced today for insurance fraud, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said. Third District Judge George Southworth sentenced Schmidt to up to 12 years in prison, ordered him to pay $47,639 in restitution and to take a behavior modification class. The court suspended the prison term and ordered Schmidt to serve 90 days in jail, placed him on probation for 12 years and ordered him to start making restitution payments of $500 per month on June 1, 2014. The judge also issued a no contact order preventing Schmidt from contacting any of his victims in Ada or Canyon County.

Schmidt, 54, a former Treasure Valley insurance agent, pleaded guilty on November 21, 2013, to one count of insurance fraud. By pleading guilty, Schmidt admitted that he diverted more than $47,600 in insurance premiums for his personal use from the following:

  • Safe Ride Solutions - $25,192
  • Multi-Home Care Services - $9,000
  • Rocketchun Holden - $8,735
  • Nampa Babe Ruth League - $3,821; and
  • Lenny Chow - $889

Insurance fraud is a felony that impacts all Idahoans. Anyone who witnesses or suspects insurance fraud is encouraged to contact the Idaho Department of Insurance at www.doi.idaho.gov

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

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