Des Moines – Bryce Douglas Murphy, age 31, of Peosta was charged with one count of Fraudulent Submissions - Application Fraud (Class D Felony), one count Fraudulent Submissions - Misrepresentation of Material Fact (Class D Felony), one count Fraudulent Practice (Class C Felony), one count Forgery (Class D Felony) and one count Identity Theft (Class C Felony) following an investigation by the Iowa Insurance Division’s Fraud Bureau.

The charges against Murphy stem from an investigation which began in September of 2022.  According to a criminal complaint filed by the Iowa Insurance Division’s Fraud Bureau, Murphy submitted a loss claim to an insurance company reporting that two Rolex watches were stolen from his hotel room. Murphy submitted several documents in support of his claim including a purchase receipt for the watch which was found to be fabricated. The investigation also found that Murphy had previously submitted a claim to another insurance company for the same watches for which he received insurance benefits.

On June 11, 2023, Murphy was arrested and booked into the Scott County Jail where he later posted a $10,000 bond.

Iowans with information about insurance fraud are encouraged to contact the Iowa Insurance Divisions 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.

Photo courtesy of the Scott County Sheriff’s Office.