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UPDATE: Insurance agent faces theft, forgery, fraud charges

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CLARIFICATION: The Bellefontaine office of Gene Horney Insurance, 715 N. Madriver St., was not operated by Robert Gene Horney Jr., 44, of 481 Bent Tree Drive, Marysville, who has been indicted with three counts of theft, fourth-degree felonies; two counts of theft, fifth-degree felonies; three counts of theft, first-degree misdemeanors; two counts of forgery, fifth-degree felonies; two counts of insurance fraud, fifth-degree felonies, and tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony.

The 715 N. Madriver St., Bellefontaine, office remains open, and the businesses utilized separate business accounts, agent Jeff Horney reported. West Mansfield clients are being referred to the Bellefontaine office.

A Marysville insurance agent with an office in West Mansfield was indicted Tuesday by a Logan County grand jury for allegedly selling property policies and pocketing the customers’ payments.

Robert Gene Horney Jr., 44, of 481 Bent Tree Drive, Marysville, was charged with three counts of theft, fourth-degree felonies; two counts of theft, fifth-degree felonies; three counts of theft, first-degree misdemeanors; two counts of forgery, a fifth-degree felony; two-counts of insurance fraud, fifth-degree felonies, and tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony.

Deputies of the Logan County Sheriff’s Office started the investigation several months ago after the alleged scam began to unravel.

The defendant allegedly provided clients with paperwork showing they had coverage, but their payments were never forwarded by the suspect to the insurers.

He mainly targeted older farmers, authorities say.

Once a claim was made on the bogus policies, the defendant declared he merely forgot to send in the payment and filed a claim under his business insurance coverage to cover the loss.

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