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Ohio woman who filed false claim found guilty

An Ohio woman was sentenced to two years of probation for attempting to defraud her car insurance company by filing false claims.

The woman falsely reported damage to four tires and the theft of four car rims from a car that was parked at an airport in 2007.

She pleaded no contest in April to one count of attempted telecommunications fraud, a misdemeanor, in the case.

Although she will not face jail time unless she violates her probation, the penalties for auto insurance fraud can be quite stringent. Each state has its own insurance fraud definition and laws.

Auto insurance fraud contributes to higher costs for insurers and higher insurance premiums for all policy holders.

The Coalition Against Insurance Fraud says other types of insurance fraud can victimize individual car owners, including scams by auto repair shops or individual insurance agents.

People who suspect a fraud should contact their insurance company or their state's insurance commission.

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