Nampa man gets withheld judgment, $300 fine, for insurance fraud

January 13, 2014 

Scott L. Costello, 32, was sentenced Monday for felony insurance fraud after he admitted buying insurance coverage for his vehicle after it had been involved in an accident, Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said.

Third District Judge Molly Huskey ordered the Nampa man to pay $90 in restitution and a $300 fine. He also was sentenced to seven days in jail, but that judgment was withheld. He will be on probation for three years and, if he violates terms of that probation, could serve up to 180 days in jail at the discretion of his probation officer.

The court credited Costello for time served and ordered him to get a General Education Diploma within a year. Costello pleaded guilty on Sept. 30.

Court records show Costello bought insurance on his Subaru on Aug. 1, 2011, immediately after the vehicle was involved in an accident and he told police he was insured. He filed a damage claim the next day, and the insurance company discovered the sequence of events.

The case was investigated by the Idaho Department of Insurance and prosecuted by the attorney general’s Insurance Crimes Unit.

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