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FBI seeks victims after Pensacola man arrested on insurance, wire fraud

Fraud Alert
Posted at 3:41 PM, Jun 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-07 15:41:05-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The FBI and the Florida Division of Investigative and Forensic Services, Bureau of Insurance Fraud are looking to identify potential victims of Thomas Insurance, LLC.

According to the FBI, a criminal complaint alleges between September 2013 and December 2020, 51-year-old John Thomas of Pensacola operated an insurance business known as Thomas Insurance, LLC, and defrauded customers through a type of insurance fraud known as premium diversion.

The authorities said Thomas executed this scheme by collecting insurance premiums from customers and keeping the funds for personal use instead of producing insurance policies. Then, Thomas gave the customers fraudulent documents referencing insurance policies that did not exist.

A federal criminal complaint was filed on March 12, 2021, charging Thomas with selling fraudulent insurance policies to his clients in exchange for approximately $4 million in insurance premium payments.

On April 1, 2021, Thomas was arrested on the criminal complaint in Phoenix, Arizona, and was transported to Pensacola by the United States Marshal’s Service for a hearing.

Thomas made his initial appearance Monday, June 7, 2021, on wire fraud charges related to his business, Thomas Insurance, LLC.

Jason R. Coody, Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, announced the charges after Thomas made his initial appearance in federal court in Pensacola.

This arrest resulted from a joint investigation by the FBI and the Florida Division of Investigative and Forensic Services, Bureau of Insurance Fraud, and work is ongoing to ensure all alleged victims are identified.

If you are a client of Thomas Insurance, LLC and wish to speak to an investigating agent regarding your policy, please contact FBI Jacksonville at (904) 248- 7000 or email, and reference “Thomas Insurance.”

An FBI representative will respond with additional instructions.

Assistant United States Attorney Jeffrey Tharp is prosecuting this case for the Northern District of Florida. A criminal complaint is merely an allegation by a sworn affiant that a defendant has committed a violation of federal criminal law and is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to due process, to include a fair trial, during which it is the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.

The United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Florida is one of 94 offices that serve as the nation’s principal litigators under the direction of the Attorney General. To access available public court documents online, please visit the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida website.

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