Vilonia Man Pleads Guilty

A Faulkner County man previously scheduled to stand trial in a theft and insurance fraud case pled guilty to seven of the theft charges previously filed against him and agreed to pay back $50,000 in restitution.

He was charged in February 2017 with first-degree engaging in a continuing criminal gang, four counts of theft of property, three counts of theft by receiving, four counts of insurance fraud and possession of firearms by certain persons.

He has pled guilty to three counts of theft of property, three counts of theft by receiving and one count of attempted theft of property.

A 51-page affidavit was filed against the man in February 2017 by the Arkansas Department of Insurance Criminal Investigation Division following an investigation in August 2015 regarding fraudulent insurance claims made by the man using his towing business.

Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office deputies reportedly recovered $170,000 worth of stolen property at the man’s residence when conducting a search warrant on the property in 2015.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on December 14 in Faulkner County Circuit Court., By Marisa Hicks, July 6, 2020