Penny Irene Nuehring, 45, Swanville, was charged in Morrison County District Court with one felony count of insurance fraud.
On April 11, an investigator of the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office received a report that Nuehring made two separate claims for more than $5,000 that an insurance adjuster believed were fraudulent. The claims said that a lightning strike caused damage to the electrical system and some kitchen appliances at her rental unit, according to the criminal complaint.
Investigation into the claims revealed that the address and phone number for the electric company provided were of relatives to Nuehring.
The county investigator met with Nuehring on April 19 and took a statement. In the statement, Nuehring allegedly said that she owns a rental unit that she rents out and that it had been having electrical problems. She then said that someone told her she should file a false insurance claim, which she did by making up a fictitious invoice, and that the claims totalled more than $5,000. She also admitted to knowing she was violating the law and that she is responsible for the mistake.
If convicted, Nuehring faces a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment and/or a $10,000 fine.