Man sentenced to probation after insurance fraud
According to Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, a former Rexburg resident, has been sentenced to probation for insurance fraud.
Seventh District Judge Gregory Moeller sentenced Kristopher Corey Butcher to eight years in prison.
However, the court suspended the prison sentence and ordered Butcher to serve 60 days in Madison County Jail and placed him on probation for five years.
Butcher is required to pay a $1,000 fine and perform 100 hours of community service.
Butcher pleaded guilty to insurance fraud on October 21st, 2013 after police discovered that Butcher had hid some of his property and lied about it being stolen to an insurance company.
Originally, Butcher contacted the Rexburg Police Department and reported that his apartment had been burglarized on April 3rd, 2011. During an investigation, Butcher claimed that his guns, binoculars, a hunting scope, tools, and a wedding ring had been stolen.
Butcher proceeded to submit the items as a loss to American Family Insurance.
On April 29th, 2011, the Rexburg Police Department were called to Butcher’s apartment after a report that he had imprisoned his wife and child. Rexburg Police entered the apartment and found the “missing” items in a closet of a bedroom.
The case was investigated by the Idaho Department of Insurance and prosecuted by Deputy Attorney General Ken Robins of the Attorney General’s Insurance Crimes Unit.