CORINTH – An Alcorn County man was sentenced to five years in prison this week after pleading guilty to insurance fraud and wire fraud.
Joshua James Marlar, 35, appeared in Alcorn County Circuit Court before Judge Paul S. Funderburk Monday for his sentencing. Marlar pleaded guilty in April 2014 to one count each of insurance fraud and wire fraud, but sentencing was deferred to allow him time to collect some of the restitution money.
An investigation by Attorney General Jim Hood’s office revealed that Marlar collected $206,000 in commission and bonuses during a portion of 2011 by providing fictitious documentation. He was an insurance agent for Colonial Life Insurance and AFLAC Insurance Company at the time.
Judge Funderburk sentenced Marlar to served five years for wire fraud and gave him a three-year suspended sentence on the insurance fraud. Marlar was also ordered to pay $157,500 in restitution to Colonial Life Insurance, $33,850.64 to AFLAC Insurance Company and $4,815 to the State General Fund for investigative costs.
Following Marlar’s release from active custody, then he is to be transferred to a restitution center until all restitution and cost of court are reimbursed.