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Former insurance agent indicted

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A former Jasper-based insurance agent was indicted last week by a grand jury on charges of insurance fraud and identity theft.

Jonathan Michael Holladay, 41, of Jasper was indicted on March 31. The issue was investigated by the Alabama Department of Insurance and prosecuted by Walker County District Attorney Bill Adair. 

Holladay, a former Allstate Insurance agent, faces one count of insurance fraud. According to court documents, Holladay took the home address, business address and/or post office box of himself and identified that as being the address of the name insured of 17 policies insured by Allstate Insurance Company. He also added himself as being a spouse/operator on 14 policies. Holladay also identified himself as the payor/payer of 13 policies and used his personal email address on multiple client policies where the loss or potential loss exceeded $1,000, which places the crime as a Class B felony.

The second count on the indictment is identity theft (obtaining/accessing records). Court documents described the offense by saying Holladay added himself as a spouse/operator even though he was not married to customers and was not operating their vehicles and/or falsified personal information, such as occupation, so the customer would qualify for more discounts, and/or used his personal bank account to make premium payments on behalf of customers without permission of the policy holder. That offense is also a Class B felony.

The two charges carry possible sentences of two to 20 years in prison. Holladay was given a $25,000 signature bond by Circuit Judge Hoyt Elliott.