man was sentenced last week to 37 months in prison for bilking
his employer out of $750,000 in phony insurance claims. Bruce
J. Bennett of Kenosha, WI, pleaded guilty to two felonies in May.
responsible for resolving accident claims under $50,000 for drivers
at JHT Holdings Inc.
to creating fake accident claims and writing settlement checks
for as much as $25,000, according to a published report. At times,
Bennett wrote checks to phony "victims" and paid friends
or acquaintances $500 to cash them. Sometimes, he forged the endorsements
and cashed the checks himself.
recruited three attorneys, whom he paid to represent both the
trucking company and the fake victims in the bogus accident settlements.
When the attorneys cashed the checks, they allegedly split the
money with Bennett. Each faces up to 10 years in prison after
all guilty pleas are entered and sentencing is complete.
was uncovered after Bennett's bank discovered irregularities in
his account and notified authorities. The prosecution claimed
greed and a gambling problem motivated the scheme.