Tom Hanks: Insurance Salesman Who Scammed Actor Gets 27 Months

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Wednesday, 06 Nov 2013 06:41 AM

By Morgan Chilson

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A California insurance salesman who cheated Tom Hanks and others out of hundreds of thousands of dollars has been sentenced to 27 months in prison.

Jerry B. Goldman overcharged customers, including Hanks and former Police guitarist Andy Summers, by inflating premiums and using fake invoices, The Associated Press reported. He pleaded guilty to charges of mail fraud, which made this a felony case.

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Goldman was court ordered to repay $840,000 to those included in the indictment.

The original indictment filed in the case in Los Angeles U.S. District Court said Goldman used his company letterhead to create invoices that increased the premiums due on various policies. The scheme occurred from 1998 through August 2011.

Along with news that his cheating insurance agent will pay for his crimes, Hanks made headlines today in connection with another scam, this one because he was on a client list stolen by hackers, We Live Security reported. Hackers got into the records of CorporateCarOnline, which rents limousines and cars, and got ahold of credit cards and customer information.

Some of the personal details in that hack may be important fodder for gossip publications, but the high- or no-limit credit cards are what WLS called “highly prized items for sale” internationally on the underground market.

KrebsOnline, a blog by security expert Brian Krebs, reported that the CEO of CorporateCar Online declined to comment about the hack.

Krebs reported some of the information available in the hacked file, including the following notes on Hanks, “Tom Hanks – Chicago Midway, June 19, 2013; 'VVIP. No cell/radio use with passenger/prepaid. 1500 W. Taylor Street Chicago, Rosebud, Dinner Reser @8pm.'”

Others hacked from the limousine records include numerous senators, such as Sen. Mark Udall, and notes on top businessmen, like this one on Josue Christiano Gomes da Silva, CEO of Companhia de Tecidos Norte de Minas, which said, “Cheauffeur meets inside luggage claim with printed name sign. SUPER VIP CLIENT. EVERYTHING MUST BE PERFECT!”

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