A bungled attempt at insurance fraud has netted a Pocatello man three years probation plus restitution and fines. The Idaho Attorney General’s office, which prosecuted the case after an investigation by the Idaho Department of Insurance’s fraud investigation unit, reports that Jeffrey J. Zausch, 28, pleaded guilty to one count of insurance fraud, a felony, and admitted he knowingly provided a false statement to his insurance company about the date of his car accident.
Zausch wrecked his vehicle on February 3, 2014; authorities responded to the wreck and identified Zausch as the driver, and he had the wrecked vehicle towed to his home in Pocatello. The next day, he upped his insurance policy from liability-only to full coverage, and 16 days later, he filed a claim, saying he’d been in an accident on Feb. 18. Geico Insurance referred the matter to the state department.