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Attorney gets five years jail time over fraudulent home insurance lawsuits

Richard Kent Livesay – an attorney – who filed fraudulent roof claim lawsuits has been jailed for five years for his crimes.

A Tarrant County, TX, judge has determined that the former lawyer who has offices in Arlington and McAllen will serve a five-year prison sentence. Livesay earlier pleaded guilty to insurance fraud and barratry, or litigation for profit.

An investigation by the Texas Department of Insurance found multiple cases where Livesay filed lawsuits against home insurance companies without the knowledge and/or consent of homeowners. Livesay began filing fraudulent claims sometime around May 2014, and his conspiracy continued through July 2016, the office of the district attorney said.

The DA’s office said that Livesay was finally arrested June last year; had his scheme lay undiscovered, he would have received over $300,000 in fraudulent payments.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that in addition to his prison sentence, Livesay was required to surrender his law license, provide restitution to his victims, and to testify against others the authorities say participated in the scheme.

Livesay’s law license was suspended for one year in 2017, according to an agreed judgment with the State Bar of Texas.

Mina Martin

Mina is a freelance journalist with Insurance Day. She is also a published author with a couple of social studies textbooks and several magazine articles under her belt. She most recently worked for a leading educational publisher as development editor.

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