Des Moines, Iowa – Linder Cardona Palacios, age 31, of West Des Moines, Iowa recently pled guilty to one count of Forgery, a Class D Felony. Palacios was originally charged with one count each of Theft in the 1st Degree (Class C Felony), Forgery (Class D Felony), Insurance Fraud (Class D Felony) and Fraudulent Practices in the 1st Degree (Class C Felony) following an investigation by the Iowa Insurance Division’s Fraud Bureau.
The investigation found that Palacios fabricated repair documents for repairs not actually performed on his vehicle and submitted false information regarding the repairs in support of an insurance claim. As a result, Palacios received insurance benefits to which he would not have otherwise been entitled.
On May 10, 2021, Palacios received a deferred judgement after pleading guilty to Forgery. Palacios was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $5,500 to his insurer. Palacios also received a civil penalty of $1,025 and was placed on probation for a period of two years.
Iowans with information about insurance fraud are encouraged to contact the Iowa Insurance Division’s Fraud Bureau at (515) 654-6556.