Sherri E. Onks, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Jacksonville Division, said the insurance agent’s victims didn’t realize their policies were fake until “after disaster stuck.” (Credit: Shutterstock) Sherri E. Onks, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Jacksonville Division, said the insurance agent’s victims didn’t realize their policies were fake until “after disaster stuck.” (Credit: Shutterstock)

A Pensacola, Florida, insurance agent received a 14-year prison sentence and was ordered to pay more than $8.3 million in restitution for wire fraud and money laundering charges related to selling fraudulent insurance policies, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida.

According to the Attorney’s Office, John Thomas operated Thomas Insurance, LLC and kept more than $4.8 million in premium payments for his personal use through a premium diversion scheme. Thomas would collect premiums, keep the funds and issue fake documents referencing nonexistent insurance policies.

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