Man faces up to 10 years in prison for water damage insurance fraud

A Houston man could face a federal sentence of up to 10 years for pleading guilty to insurance fraud.

Earlier this week, Robert Lance Kuperman pleaded guilty to fraud interstate money transport in the Eastern District of Texas. As part of the plea, he was also ordered to repay his insurer $ 136,000.

According to insurance records, 71-year-old Kuperman bought a house on Lake Livingston in Polk County, Texas in 2013. Sometime in July 2015, he filed an insurance claim for water damage to the property. He said the damage was caused by a defective water heater. Kuperman filed fraudulent records for expenses incurred in replacing personal property allegedly damaged by the leak.

Because of the fraudulent claims, the American Strategic Insurance Company wrote a series of checks to be paid to Kuperman. One of the checks involved withdrawals of over $ 136,000.

In July 2020, a federal grand jury returned a case indicting Kuperman of federal violations.

“Insurance fraud ultimately hurts individual Americans in the form of higher insurance premiums, which makes every business more expensive and those costs are passed on to consumers in the form of higher prices,” said acting US attorney Nicholas J. Ganjei. “Our office will diligently prosecute those who commit insurance fraud in the eastern district of Texas.”

Herald Democrat reported that Kuperman would be held in federal prison for up to 10 years. A conviction hearing is scheduled once a U.S. parole investigation is completed.

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