May 27, 2005                                                         Contact:Lucas Hamilton

HELENA MAN FOUND GUILTY OF FELONY INSURANCE FRAUD Judge Honzel Hands Convicted Felon Six-Year Deferred Sentence

      Helena, Mont., May 27, 2005 - Montana State Auditor John Morrison announced that Helena man Timothy Borsberry was convicted of felony insurance fraud and was sentenced yesterday by District Court Judge Thomas C. Honzel to a six-year deferred sentence. The case was prosecuted by the Montana State Auditor's Office.
      "This type of insurance scam is illegal and far from victimless," said Morrison. "Offenders of insurance fraud are stealing from every law-abiding Montanan who pays insurance premiums."
      The jury convicted Borsberry of filing a fraudulent insurance claim with Allstate Insurance Company following a single-car crash involving the defendant in March of 2004. The State of Montana filed the criminal charges against Borsberry based upon investigations conducted by the State Auditor's Office and the Montana Highway Patrol.
      "This conviction is a direct result of the cooperative efforts of these agencies," Morrison continued. "Working together, we are bringing to justice individuals who defraud insurance companies. My office will continue to battle fraud through joint efforts with the insurance industry and other law enforcement agencies. I commend all the investigators involved for a terrific team effort in identifying and bringing down this illegal activity."
      In addition to the six-year deferred sentence, Honzel ordered Borsberry to pay restitution to Allstate Insurance Company in the amount of $22,997 for insurance proceeds previously paid to him as part of his fraudulent insurance claim.
      Since many important cases have begun with anonymous tips from the public, Morrison encourages Montana residents who are concerned about insurance cheating and who may have information about insurance fraud to contact the Investigations Division of the Montana State Auditor's Office at 1-800-332-6148.