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Rexburg man sentenced for insurance fraud

Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has announced a 53-year-old Rexburg man was sentenced Monday for insurance fraud.

Sidney R. Pierce pleaded guilty in January.

Seventh District Court Judge Joel E. Tingey withheld judgment and placed Pierce on probation for two years.

The court ordered and then suspended 90 days discretionary jail time.

Judge Tingey also ordered Pierce to complete 100 hours of community service and pay a $700 fine.

The court may also order up to $1,560 in restitution at a later date.

An investigation revealed in July 2017, Pierce – at the time a Farmers agent – backdated a change in his own policy’s deductible after adding an additional vehicle to his coverage. He then filed a claim for damage to one of the vehicles’ windshields that occurred some time before. The fraudulent backdating was an attempt to save $400.

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