By JOEL PHELPS | The Arkadelphian
A former Arkadelphia insurance agent who forged letters of experience from other agencies was sentenced this week after a plea bargain.
Ishrael L. Wordlaw-Coleman, 34, received 12 months of unsupervised probation and was fined $2,240 on two counts of falsifying business records, a Class A misdemeanor that carries a maximum punishment of up to a year in jail in addition to a $2,500 fine.
Wordlaw-Coleman was initially charged in February 2023 on nine felony counts of second-degree forgery. The felony charges were dismissed. Dan Reber of the Arkansas Insurance Department prosecuted the case. Prosecutors did not provide a comment after the sentencing.
Wordlaw-Coleman’s representation was Arkadelphia attorney Jonathan Huber. Huber did not respond to a request for comments at the time of this report.
A letter of experience is a document that insurance customers can request from their former agency, proving the customer’s record with the former company and acting as a reference letter for the new company. Wordlaw-Coleman operated a Farmers Insurance agency in downtown Arkadelphia between 2021 and 2022; in that time he submitted eight falsified documents from a single falsified template.
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