Des Moines - Andrew Thomas Ellis, age 30, of Des Moines pled guilty on February 16, 2023, to one count Presenting False Information (Class D Felony) following an investigation by the Iowa Insurance Division’s Fraud Bureau.

The charges against Ellis stemmed from an investigation which began in June 2022.  According to criminal complaints filed by the Iowa Insurance Division’s Fraud Bureau, Ellis filed a false report to the Des Moines Police Department, claiming theft of personal property.  Ellis then provided false statements to an insurer in connection with a personal property insurance claim in an attempt to receive loss claim benefits he would otherwise not be entitled to.  Ellis was arrested on October 9, 2022 and booked into the Polk County Jail where he later posted bond.

Following his guilty plea, Ellis received a five-year suspended prison sentence and placed on supervised probation for a period of two years. Ellis was also ordered to pay a fine of $1,025.

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

Photo courtesy of the Polk County Jail.