Idaho man gets 10 years for insurance fraud

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on October 4, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 4 at 4:00 PM

BOISE -- A southeastern Idaho man is going to prison for 10 years after he was convicted of defrauding the Idaho State Insurance Fund.

Thirty-nine-year-old Terry Melvin of Montpelier was sentenced Wednesday in 4th District Court in Boise.

He'll also have to pay a $10,000 fine plus court costs and another $591 in restitution.

In court, Melvin acknowledged that he made false statements to the insurance fund, claiming he was injured in order to get extended workman's compensation benefits.

As he accepted the benefits for more than one year, Melvin received income from odd jobs.

During the period, he also was filmed walking, riding a bike and climbing stairs -- all with no apparent discomfort.

The case was investigated by the Idaho Department of Insurance and prosecuted by the Idaho attorney general.

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