Former Insurance Agent Pleads Guilty

The Mississippi Attorney General's Office say a former insurance agent will spend time behind bars for fraud.

Elisa Michelle Odom, 45, of Bailey, pleaded guilty Monday in Lauderdale County Circuit Court to five counts of mail fraud and four counts of false pretense.

Odom was sentenced for mail fraud to five years in prison, with two years to serve, three suspended. She must also pay a $1,000 fine and $500 to the Crime Victim Compensation Fund plus court costs.

Odom was sentenced on the false pretense charge to nine years with MDOC, four years to serve, five suspended with five years supervised probation, to run concurrent to count one.

She must also pay $41,000 in restitution to Colonial Life Insurance Company.

On counts three through nine (four mail fraud, three false pretense), Odom was sentenced to three years with MDOC, three years suspended and three years supervised probation to run concurrent with count two.

Attorney General Jim Hood says the sentence means the defendant will serve four years in the custody of MDOC, followed by five years of supervised probation. She must also pay full restitution as well as fines and court costs.

At the time the crimes happened, Odom was an agent for Colonial Insurance in the Meridian area.

"Our investigation showed this defendant fabricated insurance policies, using both real and fabricated names and addresses, in order to receive commissions from her employer," said Hood.

The case was investigated by Keith Milsap and prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Jim Giddy of the Attorney General’s Public Integrity Division.

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