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A Galveston lawyer has been charged with insurance fraud, barraterie and money laundering for allegedly submitting hail damage claims to insurance companies on behalf of clients that he had never met.

Christopher Bertini was recently indicted by a grand jury of Tarrant County for these four counts after an investigation by the Texas Insurance Department.

Bertini allegedly sued insurance companies for claims for damage to the roof of customers he had never seen. Instead, it has engaged third parties to solicit contracts under this project.

"The four charges stem from similar operations in which he would get customers without meeting them, which is barraterie. You can not do that, "said John Newbern, deputy county attorney for Tarrant, who had pleaded the case before Bertini in front of the grand jury. .

The Tarrant County Attorney's Office is one of five Attorney General's offices in Texas where TDI has prosecutors and investigators among its staff who pursue insurance fraud cases.

In the event of conviction, Bertini incurs up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $ 10,000. Bertini went to the Tarrant County authorities last week and was released on bail of $ 5,000.

Bertini has not responded to a call for comments.

In June 2018, former lawyer of South Texas Richard Kent Livesay was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to insurance fraud and barratryie as part of a similar ploy in which he had filed numerous suits for hail damage against insurers on behalf of owners who had never hired him.

As part of a plea bargain with Tarrant County prosecutors, Livesay agreed to surrender his attorney's license, to compensate the victims and to testify against other co-defendants in exchange for the removal by the prosecutor of 14 other counts of fraud related to the # 39; insurance. "data-reactid =" 22 "> (Photo: Shutterstock)

A Galveston lawyer has been charged with insurance fraud, barraterie and money laundering for allegedly submitting hail damage claims to insurance companies on behalf of clients that he had never met.

Christopher Bertini was recently indicted by a grand jury of Tarrant County for these four counts after an investigation by the Texas Insurance Department.

Bertini allegedly sued insurance companies for claims for damage to the roof of customers he had never seen. Instead, it has engaged third parties to solicit contracts under this project.

"The four charges stem from similar operations in which he would get customers without meeting them, which is barraterie. You can not do that, "said John Newbern, deputy county attorney for Tarrant, who had pleaded the case before Bertini in front of the grand jury. .

The Tarrant County Attorney's Office is one of five Attorney General's offices in Texas where TDI has prosecutors and investigators among its staff who pursue insurance fraud cases.

In the event of conviction, Bertini incurs up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $ 10,000. Bertini went to the Tarrant County authorities last week and was released on bail of $ 5,000.

Bertini has not responded to a call for comments.

In June 2018, former lawyer of South Texas Richard Kent Livesay was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to insurance fraud and barratryie as part of a similar ploy in which he had filed numerous suits for hail damage against insurers on behalf of owners who had never hired him.

As part of a plea bargain with Tarrant County prosecutors, Livesay agreed to surrender his attorney's license, to compensate the victims and to testify against other co-defendants in exchange for the prosecutor's abandonment of 14 other counts of fraud related to the ;insurance.