A former official with the Leavitt Insurance Group has been sentenced to two days in jail and three years probation and ordered to pay nearly $48,000 in restitution and fines.
Fourth District Judge Boyd Park first sentenced Patrick Charles Manis, Delta, to one to 15 years in prison on each of his guilty pleas to two theft charges. But Park stayed the prison term in favor of probation, a court clerk said.Manis was ordered to pay $45,309 in restitution, $2,000 in fines and $500 to the state's victim reparation fund.
The former insurance company manager was accused of embezzling $122,375 from April 4, 1984, to Sept. 12, 1988, said Utah Attorney General Paul Van Dam.
Van Dam's office, which prosecuted the case, said the scheme involved Manis collecting insurance premiums from customers, then depositing the money in two illicit bank accounts. The defendant then allegedly withdrew the funds for his personal use.
Manis did not provide customers with insurance coverage they had paid for, and also overcharged them, Van Dam said.
Most of the money stolen was customers' premium payments, the prosecutor said.