John Henricks III, 43, Amherst, (formerly of Rhinelander), was sentenced Thursday, Jan. 9 to 121 months in prison for using the U.S. mail to defraud several insurance companies. Henricks pleaded guilty to this charge Aug. 14, 2013.
At sentencing, the judge in the case found Henricks criminally responsible for using his prior business, Custom Collision, a body repair shop in Rhinelander, to defraud 19 auto insurance companies out of more than $1.3 million by staging accidents and creating false work invoices. The judge directed Henricks to pay $1,306,608.72 in restitution.
Noting Henricks’ continuing, deceptive attempts to thwart the government’s efforts to identify assets to be liquidated for restitution, the judge stated that Henricks could not be trusted “to tell the time of day” and refused him the typical reduction in sentence for acceptance of responsibility.
Henricks’ conviction was the result of an investigation conducted by the Oneida County Sheriff’s Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy M. O’Shea.