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Alcorn man going to prison for insurance fraud

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ALCORN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

An Alcorn County man has been ordered to repay over $200,000 to former employers in insurance and wire fraud cases. 

35-year-old Joshua James Marlar pleaded guilty to falsifying insurance policy documentation to receive bonuses and commissions from Colonial Life Insurance and AFLAC Insurance company. The Attorney General's investigation revealed that between April and October 2011, Marlar was paid approximately $206,000. 

Marlar appeared before Alcorn County Circuit Court Judge Paul S. Funderburk for sentencing on Monday after pleading guilty in April 2014 to one count each of insurance fraud and wire fraud. Judge Funderburk sentenced Marlar to three years suspended for insurance fraud and five years to serve for wire fraud.

Marlar was ordered to pay $157,500 in restitution to Colonial Life Insurance, $33,850.64 to AFLAC Insurance Company and $4,815 to the State General Fund to fund the investigation. Sentencing was deferred to allow Marlar time to collect some of the restitution money.

Following Marlar’s release from active custody, he will be transferred to a restitution center until all restitution and court costs are reimbursed.

The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Larry Baker and investigated by Christopher Watkins of the Attorney General’s Public Integrity Division/Insurance Fraud Unit.

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