Former insurance agent sentenced to local jail


A former West Mansfield-area insurance agent was sentenced to local jail Monday in Logan County Common Pleas Court.

Robert Gene Horney Jr., 45, of Marysville, was sentenced to 60 days in Logan County Jail, five years' community control, and ordered to pay more than $21,000 in restitution for one count of grand theft, three counts of theft from the elderly, four counts of theft, and one count of insurance fraud.

According to law enforcement reports, the defendant would provide 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.

An August indictment charged him 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.