FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jackson, MS—Attorney General Jim Hood today announced the resolution of an insurance fraud case investigated and prosecuted by his office. On November 7, 2007, David Leo King of Jayess, Mississippi, pled guilty in Walthall County Circuit Court to insurance fraud in violation of Miss. Code Ann. 1972, ? 7-5-303, as amended.
Circuit Judge David Strong accepted the open plea as freely, voluntarily and intelligently made and sentenced the defendant to three years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections with three years suspended and three years of supervised probation. King was also ordered to pay a fine of $500 to the court, pay $2,000 in investigative costs to the Insurance Integrity Enforcement Bureau of the Office of the Attorney General, pay $1,000 to the Crime Victims? Compensation Fund and pay court costs.
King admitted to the judge that he had filed a false insurance claim by omitting a material fact in a life insurance policy issued by Globe Life and Accident Insurance Company. The life insurance application he submitted on his sister, Bettina Carol Leonard, omitted the fact that she was receiving chemotherapy treatments for cancer and King represented to the insurer that the sister was in good health. King later tried to collect on the policy after his sister?s death.