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Elgin man gets 6 months for slip-and-fall scam

Juventino Guzman | Sun-Times Medifile

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Updated: January 28, 2014 7:37AM

ST. CHARLES — An Elgin man who admitted he faked slip-and-fall injuries at local businesses to scam insurance companies will spend six months in jail and must pay more than $250,00 in restitution.

Juventino Guzman, 53, submitted paperwork to insurance companies four times between November 2011 and January 2013 claiming he slipped and fell at businesses in Elgin and Carpentersville, the Kane County State’s Attorney’s office said in a release.

Guzman, of the 500 block of Prospect Street in Elgin, later admitted to police he faked the injuries in an attempt to get insurance money, prosecutors said.

He pleaded guilty to felony counts of aggravated insurance fraud and forgery on Nov. 6, 2013, the release said.

Guzman received a $219,000 payout from an April 2009 claim, which he had submitted with a false name and Social Security number, the release said.

He must pay a total of $250,000 in monthly restitution payments within the next five years, or he could face prison time, the release said.

“Insurance fraud is a major crime that imposes significant financial costs on consumers, businesses, governments and our community as a whole. Mr. Guzman’s fraud contributes to higher insurance premiums for all of us,” Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said in the release.

“We thank Elgin Police Det. Brian Gorcowski for his thorough investigation in this case. We also thank Supervisory Special Agent Michael Buchanan of the National Insurance Crime Bureau. Their complete work left no doubt about the extent of Mr. Guzman’s dishonesty.”

Guzman will serve his six-month sentence in the Kane County Jail, the release said. He also will serve 48 months probation for the insurance fraud charge and 30 months probation for the forgery, to be served concurrently, the release said.

The case was prosecuted by Kane County Assistant State’s Attorneys Nick Gaeke and Josh Lloyd.

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