Ex-police officer, wife released


April 20, 2007|By Richard Irwin

A former city police officer and his wife were released under federal supervision yesterday after they were charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud for filing false reports in connection with fraudulent insurance claims, said a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office.

Michael B. Nelson, 26, surrendered to federal authorities yesterday, and his wife, Tierra Spencer Nelson, 23, was arrested at their home Wednesday, said Marcy Murphy, the spokeswoman.

The couple, both of whom live in the 5100 block of The Alameda, are charged in indictments with submitting a false auto theft report and a false burglary report to their insurance company to receive at least $10,000 in insurance claims.

State Farm Insurance Co. paid the claims, federal prosecutors said.

According to an indictment, the Nelsons also were paid fees by others to file fraudulent paperwork for them.

The Nelsons remain under the supervision of federal pretrial service authorities, Murphy said.

If convicted, each could receive up to 20 years in prison for each count of the five-count indictment.

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