Sharon Springs man sentenced on insurance fraud charges
SHARON SPRINGS -- A Sharon Springs attorney and former insurance agent has been ordered to repay $47,685 and will serve 18 months probation after pleading guilty to forgery, failing to forward an insurance premium, theft by deception and false impersonation, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.
Richard Dean Dinkel, Sharon Springs, pleaded guilty to the charges July 25 and was sentenced in Wallace County District Court on Sept. 6. The sentence includes an underlying term of 14 months in prison, but Dinkel was granted probation for a term of 18 months. He also is required to perform 200 hours of community service.
Dinkel was a licensed attorney at the time of the crimes and was licensed as a title insurance agent prior to the crimes. He no longer is licensed to sell title insurance, and his license to practice law is suspended as a result of his criminal conviction.