A Garden City man charged with eight counts of fraudulent insurance acts and one count of theft, all allegedly occurring in Ford County, had his first appearance in court this week.
Eric Hansen, 55, was arrested Dec. 10 in Finney County on a warrant out of Ford County.
Five of his charges are for fraudulent insurance acts each with a loss of $25,000 or more, a crime which carries a possible penalty of 17 to 46 months in prison depending on a person's criminal history and/or a fine of up to $100,000.
The remaining three charges show fraudulent insurance acts with losses more than $1000 but less than $5000.
Ford County District Court records list 15 individuals as victims in Hansen's felony theft charge, each sustaining a loss of more than $25,000.
Farm Bureau Financial Services was identified on court documents as the victim in all counts.
The charges allegedly occurred between July 2007 and November 2010 in Ford County.
Assistant Ford County Attorney David Belling was tight-lipped about the nature of the insurance policies related to Hansen's fraud charge but said the policies were for commercial and personal insurance. He said he could not comment on the nature of the theft charge or the length of the investigation that led to Hansen's arrest.
Belling said he was unsure if any additional victims may exist.
"If there are other people that think they might be victims they could contact Detective Michael Robbins at the Dodge City Police Department or the Anti-Fraud Division of the Kansas Insurance Commissioner's Office in Topeka," he said.
Hansen's next appearance is scheduled for March 7.
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