31-year-old Terrell McAndrews, of Heidelberg, pleaded guilty in Jones County Circuit Court to one count of insurance fraud.
Judge Billy Joe Landrum sentenced McAndrews to the maximum three years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections and ordered him to pay $100 to the Attorney General’s Crime Victim Compensation Fund, a $500 fine, $3,605.64 in restitution plus $2,400 to the State General Fund for the cost of the investigation.
Attorney General Jim Hood's office says the investigation revealed that McAndrews filed a false claim in an attempt to defraud State Farm Insurance Company by claiming his 2006 Nissan Sentra had been stolen.
McAndrews admitted to being behind on his car payments and then intentionally setting fire to the vehicle in order to collect the insurance money.
The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Larry Baker and investigated by Jerry Spell of the Attorney General’s Public Integrity Division/Insurance Fraud Unit.