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Caldwell woman sentenced for insurance fraud

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The following is a news release from the Office of the Idaho Attorney General.

BOISE — Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has announced a Canyon County woman was sentenced Tuesday, October 16, for one count of insurance fraud.

Third District Judge Christopher Nye sentenced 46-year-old Shannan C. Norris, of Caldwell, after she pleaded guilty in February.

Judge Nye sentenced Norris to a unified prison term of five years with two years fixed. The court then suspended the sentence and placed Norris on five years probation with 180 days of discretionary jail time available to the defendant’s probation officer. She was also sentenced to 100 hours of community service.

In addition, Norris is not permitted to apply for a DOT number, lease or contract with any owner-operators and is prohibited from providing insurance on any vehicle not belonging to her. She is also prohibited from collecting insurance premiums on behalf of any employee. Finally, the defendant was ordered to pay $6,294 in restitution to her victims.

An investigation revealed Norris had collected insurance premiums from at least three contracted long-haul truck drivers without sending the money on to an insurance company. As a result, the drivers and their vehicles were uninsured – without the operators’ knowledge – for at least four months. Norris also forged at least one insurance card.

The case was investigated by the Idaho Department of Insurance and prosecuted by Deputy Attorney General David Morse in the Attorney General’s Special Prosecutions Unit.