by TDI staff
A former Texas attorney is headed to prison on charges of insurance fraud and barratry for a scheme involving fraudulent lawsuits filed after hail storms.
A Tarrant County judge today sentenced R. Kent Livesay to five years in prison after he pled guilty to the crimes.
A Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) investigation led to the charges against the former attorney, who at one time had offices in McAllen and Arlington. Investigators found multiple cases where Livesay had filed lawsuits against insurance companies over roof claims following storms without the homeowners’ knowledge or consent.
Along with the prison time, Livesay agreed to pay restitution to victims and testify against other participants in the scheme. Livesay also had to surrender his law license.
The case was prosecuted by Tarrant County Assistant Criminal District Attorney, Matt Smid. “It was a great team effort by Tarrant County Prosecutors and the TDI investigators,” said Smid. “We hope this sentence sends a message that this conduct will not be tolerated in our county.”
Tarrant County is one of six locations around the state were TDI has embedded prosecutors and investigators in district attorneys’ offices focused on fighting insurance fraud.
TDI investigators are certified peace officers and work closely with law enforcement authorities around the state. You can report suspected cases of insurance fraud by calling 1-800-252-3439 or by visiting www.tdi.texas.gov/fraud/.