Tyler man gets 21 months behind bars for mail fraud

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 2:49pm

A 41-year-old Tyler, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Vincent Darnell Hamilton pleaded guilty on Feb. 2, 2011, to mail fraud and was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis.

According to information presented in court, from June 2007 to Aug. 2009, Hamilton devised a scheme to make fraudulent claims to motor vehicle insurance agencies through the United States mail. Hamilton made fraudulent claims totaling $29,551.02 to Allstate and $4,657.00 to State Farm. As a result of the scheme, Hamilton was paid $14,318.02 for the fraudulent Allstate claims and $968 for the fraudulent State Farm claims. Hamilton was indicted by a federal grand jury on Apr. 7, 2011 and charged with federal violations.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher T. Tortorice.

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