Jun 3, 2010 7:27 AM by Sharlee Barriere

Ex-Claims Adjuster Sentenced

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A federal judge has sentenced a former
claims adjuster to 46 months in prison for stealing nearly $300,000
from a worker's compensation group in Lafayette.
The U.S. Attorney's Office charged
36-year-old Edward Paul Verdin, of Franklin, with mail fraud and
money laundering in December 2009. He pleaded guilty to both counts
in January.
Over a two-year period, prosecutors say Verdin diverted over
$297,000 from the Louisiana Oilfield Contractor's Association,
where he worked as a claims adjuster, to Legal Risk Management
Consultants, a fictitious private investigation firm that he
created in July 2007.
U.S. District Judge Richard Haik also ordered on Wednesday that
Verdin pay $285,395 in restitution upon release from prison.


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