Attorney General Laxalt Announces Sentencing of Las Vegas man to Prison Term of 12-36 Months for Insurance Fraud

February 15, 2018

Las Vegas, NV Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt announced that Daniel Lee Harris, 66, of Las Vegas, was sentenced to prison for insurance fraud, a category “D” felony. The fraudulent acts were committed between February 2015 and January 2016.  

Harris, also known as Dana Maxwell and Daniel Maxwell Harris, filed a series of false claims with American Banker’s Insurance and Hartford Insurance. Harris initially filed a claim in 2015 with American Banker’s alleging that his 2008 PT Cruiser had been burglarized, and submitted several false receipts to demonstrate losses of a laptop, an Apple iPod Touch and approximately 40 compact discs (CDs). Nearly a year later, Harris filed claims for the theft of the same PT Cruiser with both Hartford and American Banker’s Insurance when in fact, he had made arrangements with an individual to have the Cruiser destroyed.  

“If allowed to go unabated, insurance fraud will result in increased rates for Nevada’s consumers,” said Laxalt. “That is why Insurance Fraud Control Unit works to protect consumers and the integrity of the insurance system by investigating and prosecuting these crimes. This prosecution should serve as an example of the penalties would-be fraudsters may face by committing insurance fraud.”   

District Court Judge Carolyn Ellsworth sentenced Harris to 12 to 36 months in the Nevada State Prison. Harris was also ordered to pay $600 in restitution to Hartford Insurance for rental car expenses and $750 to the Office of the Nevada Attorney General for investigative expenses.  

This case was jointly investigated by the Office of the Nevada Attorney General’s Insurance Fraud Control Unit, the National Insurance Crime Bureau and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s Viper Unit. The Office of the Nevada Attorney General’s Insurance Fraud Control Unit prosecuted this case.  

To view the criminal Complaint against Harris, click here. To file a complaint concerning someone suspected of committing fraud, click here.