Attorney General Ford Announces Guilty Plea in Insurance Fraud Jewelry Case

September 6, 2019

Las Vegas, NV – Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford announced that Cheryl Lee Congdon, also known as Cheryl Lee Berkey, 47, of Las Vegas, pleaded guilty to two counts of Insurance Fraud, both category D felonies. Congdon agreed to pay full restitution, and investigation and prosecution costs. The crimes were committed between February 2017 and March 2018.

    In 2017, Congdon filed an insurance claim under a Country Financial homeowners policy, reporting that her diamond jewelry fell down the bathroom sink in her hotel while on a business trip in Los Angeles, CA. Country Financial paid her claim of over $44,000. In 2018, Congdon made an insurance claim under a Homesite homeowners policy, reporting that she last saw her pouch of diamond jewelry while shopping at Saks Fifth Avenue. Homesite denied her claim when the insurance company discovered that she had claimed the same diamond earrings in her 2017 claim.

      “When Nevadans commit insurance fraud, we’re all impacted by rising premiums,” said AG Ford. “My office will continue to work with insurance companies to aggressively take action against these kinds of frauds.”

        The crime of Insurance Fraud is punishable by up to four years of imprisonment and a fine of $5,000. Congdon is scheduled to be sentenced on January 9, 2020 in the Eighth Judicial District Court.

          This case was investigated by the insurance companies and the Office of the Nevada Attorney General’s Insurance Fraud Control Unit. The Insurance Fraud Control Unit is prosecuting this case.

            To view the criminal Information against Congdon, click here. To file a complaint concerning an individual or business suspected of committing fraud, click here.

              2019-09-06 Congdon, Cheryl

                CONGDON, CHERYL LEE

                (Photograph courtesy of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)