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Ex-insurance agent sentenced for fraud

A former Mutual of Omaha insurance agent from Rathdrum was sentenced Tuesday for one count of insurance fraud after he submitted a life insurance policy application in one of his client’s names without her knowledge.

Wesley Bruce Thompson, 58, submitted the life insurance policy application by scanning the client’s signature from another policy and photocopying it onto the false application, according to a news release from the Idaho attorney general’s office. He pleaded guilty July 29.

Judge John Mitchell ordered Thompson to serve 20 days in jail, complete 400 hours of community service and pay $4,210 in restitution, the news release said.

The Special Prosecutions Unit of the Attorney General’s Criminal Law Division and the Idaho Department of Insurance investigated the case at the request of Mutual of Omaha.