Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt announced that James Maurice Samuel, Sr., 46, of California, pleaded guilty to one count of insurance fraud.
The fraudulent acts were committed between February 2013 and January 2014.
Samuel filed a claim with USAA Insurance for damage to his personal property due to an alleged flood caused by a malfunctioning water heater in his former North Las Vegas residence.
In support of his insurance claim, Samuel submitted forged receipts, and as a result was paid thousands of dollars under his renters’ insurance policy.
Insurance fraud is punishable by up to four years of imprisonment and a fine of no more than $5,000. The sentencing hearing for Samuel is scheduled for September 7, 2016 in the Eighth Judicial District Court.