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Falls man goes to prison for insurance fraud

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man, convicted of trying to defraud an insurance company of $32,458 in a burglary claim, was sentenced Friday to 1½ to 4½ years in state prison.

In January, a State Supreme Court jury deliberated for about an hour before finding Kevin A. Ashby, 41, of Wrobel Towers, guilty of third-degree insurance fraud and attempted third-degree grand larceny.

He had moved back to Niagara Falls in May 2014 after living in Ontario for a time, and three days after applying for welfare, he took out an insurance policy with United Frontier Mutual Insurance Co. In June 2014, he reported his apartment on South Avenue in the Falls had been burglarized. Evidence showed Ashby had received an insurance settlement in Canada claiming the same stolen items, and witnesses testified he had very little property in the Falls apartment before the alleged crime.

During the sentencing before Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr., Ashby complained about his attorneys from the Niagara County Public Defender’s Office, asserting he had received an inadequate defense.