Escambia County Insurance Company Owner Arrested On Wire Fraud Charges; FBI Seeks More Potential Victims

June 8, 2021

The owner of an Escambia County insurance agency has been arrested on federal charges, and the FBI is seeking additional victims.

John Michael Thomas, 51, had his initial appearance Monday on wire fraud charges related to his business, Thomas Insurance, LLC.

A federal criminal complaint was filed on March 12, 2021, charging Thomas with selling fraudulent insurance policies to his clients in exchange for approximately $4 million in insurance premium payments. On April 1, 2021, Thomas was arrested on the criminal complaint in Phoenix, Arizona, and was transported to Pensacola by the U.S. Marshal’s Service.

The criminal complaint alleges between September 2013 and December 2020, Thomas operated an insurance business and defrauded customers through a type of insurance fraud known as premium diversion. Thomas executed this scheme by collecting insurance premiums from customers and keeping the funds for personal use instead of producing insurance policies. Thomas gave the customers fraudulent documents referencing insurance policies that did not exist.

This arrest resulted from a joint investigation by the FBI and the Florida Division of Investigative and Forensic Services, Bureau of Insurance Fraud, and work is ongoing to ensure all alleged victims are identified. If you are a client of Thomas Insurance, LLC and wish to speak to an investigating agent regarding your policy, please contact FBI Jacksonville at (904) 248-7000 or email, and reference “Thomas Insurance.” An FBI representative will respond with additional instruction


3 Responses to “Escambia County Insurance Company Owner Arrested On Wire Fraud Charges; FBI Seeks More Potential Victims”

  1. Lol! on June 8th, 2021 6:31 pm

    “People should just make an honest living!”

    -Works with attorneys


  2. Hmmm on June 8th, 2021 12:07 pm

    Bet this ole boy was sweatin’ whenever a hurricane started threatening the area.

  3. Pensacola Paralegal on June 8th, 2021 9:29 am

    What a shame! Why can’t people just live an honest life and make an honest living?!

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