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Friday, 24 October 2014 00:00

Okla. AG Charges Man who Drove Truck into Lake with Insurance Fraud

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has filed insurance fraud charges against Brian Troutman for falsely submitting a claim for the loss of his vehicle.

An investigation by the Attorney General’s Workers’ Compensation, Social Security and Insurance Fraud Unit found that Troutman, 40, told the Oklahoma City Police Department his pickup was stolen in November. Troutman later filed an insurance claim with Farmers Insurance Company.

In February, during an interview with the McClain County Sheriff’s Office, Troutman admitted to driving his pickup into Lake Overholser before reporting it stolen to collect insurance money. His truck was then discovered by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Marine Division near the dam at Lake Overholser.

Troutman received more than $13,000 for the cash value of the vehicle, along with other fees. If convicted, he now faces up to three years in prison and up to a $1,000 fine.

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