Father and son sentenced in fraudulent practices case

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DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- A father and son have been sentenced to two years of supervised probation after pleading guilty to a Fraudulent Practices in the 3rd Degree, an Aggravated Misdemeanor.

Richard Hartman, 69, of Manchester, and Tobin Hartman, 44, of Ryan, pled guilty in the Delaware County District Court.

Both were charged in connection with an insurance fraud investigation by the Iowa Insurance Division’s Fraud Bureau and the Delaware County Attorney’s Office.

The investigation found Richard filed a fraudulent insurance claim with Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company.

The claim was for damages he claimed were caused when he hit his son, Tobin's cattle barn with a skid loader.

Tobin gave false statements to the insurance company that were similar to Richard's version of the incident.

The Hartman's successfully received $240,000 to replace the damaged building.

“Insurance companies work hard to identify suspected fraudulent insurance claims and they play a very important role in deterring insurance fraud by denying claims such as this,” Iowa Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen said. “Insurance fraud is not a victimless crime and we will continue to help ensure those attempting to commit insurance fraud are held accountable.”

Iowans with information about an insurance fraud should contact the Iowa Insurance Division’s Fraud Bureau at 515-242-5304.