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Date: 03-22-2023

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United States of America v. John Thomas

Case Number: 3:21-cr-00040

Judge: M. Casey Rodgers

Court: United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida (Escambia County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office in Pensacola

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Description: Pensacola, Florida represented Defendant charged with mail fraud and money laundering relating to the sell of fraudulent insurance policies.

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Between September 2013 and February 2021, John Thomas, age 52, of Pensacola, operated an insurance business known as Thomas Insurance, LLC. and defrauded customers over $4.8 million in insurance premium payments through a type of insurance fraud known as premium diversion. Thomas executed this scheme by collecting insurance premiums from customers and keeping the funds for personal use instead of producing insurance policies. To conceal his acts, Thomas gave the customers fraudulent documents referencing insurance policies that did not exist.

“Today’s sentencing should serve as a warning to anyone who uses illegal means and criminal behavior to take advantage of others,” said Sherri E. Onks, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Jacksonville Division. “The victims in this case suffered significant loss and pain as a result of this deception, never knowing they were without insurance coverage until disaster struck. The FBI and our law enforcement partners will continue to work on behalf of innocent victims and investigate and pursue those who selfishly commit fraud for personal gain at the expense of others.”

Florida CFO Jimmy Patronus said, “Insurance fraud is a serious crime that causes rates to go up for every hard-working family and business owner in Florida.” “Unfortunately, there are bad actors who think they can use fraud schemes like this to line their own pockets. I hope this case serves as a warning that if you commit fraud in Florida, you will be caught and held accountable. Thank you to the U.S. Department of Justice, the FBI, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and my dedicated insurance fraud detectives for helping put an end to this costly fraud scheme.”

This case resulted from a joint investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the Florida Department of Financial Services, Division of Investigative & Forensic Services, Bureau of Insurance Fraud. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jeffrey M. Tharp.

Wire Fraud, Money Laundering, Money Laundering to Conceal Unlawful Activity

Outcome: Custody of BOP for a total term of 168 months; Supervised Release for a total term of 3 years; fine waived; Restitution $8,340,153.34, and total SMA of $2,400

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