Des Moines - Joseph Scott Waigand, age 48, of Thayer, Iowa was recently charged with one count of Insurance Fraud - Presenting False Information (Class D Felony) following an investigation by the Iowa Insurance Division’s Fraud Bureau.

The charges against Waigand stem from an investigation which began in August 2020. According to a criminal complaint filed by the Insurance Fraud Bureau, Waigand made false statements on an application for life insurance.

On November 30, 2020, Waigand was arrested by the Union County Sheriff's Office after an arrest warrant was issued by the Union County District Court. Waigand was booked into the Union County Jail, posted bond and was released. Trial will be set at a future date.

Iowans with information about insurance fraud are encouraged to contact the Iowa Insurance Division’s Fraud Bureau at 515-654-6556.

No additional information will be provided at this time.

Note: A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.