Louisiana City Councilman Peter Lewis Charged with Disability Insurance Fraud – InsuranceNewsNet

Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA)

Covington City Councilman Peter Lewis was arrested on Thursday for felony insurance fraud following a state police investigation.

Lewis, 44, is accused of providing false information about his employment status to support a claim for long-term disability with Unum Life Insurance Company of America, according to a press release from the police force. of state L.

State police obtained an arrest warrant on Aug. 19 and Lewis turned himself in Thursday, the statement said.

Lewis referred to his attorney, Cameron Mary, who declined to comment on Lewis’ arrest. Lewis was on a $10,000 bond Thursday afternoon.

Lewis, who is an independent insurance agent, represents the council’s District A, which covers the north central part of Covington, including the West 30s neighborhood, an area he had pushed for the town to be renamed” Uptown”. He is serving his first term, having won the seat in 2019.

Lewis has spoken of a possible run for mayor, but he said on Thursday he had never officially made a decision.

Municipal elections in Covington will be held next spring.

Fellow city council member Rick Smith said Lewis had a right to defend himself in court and would not pass judgment on the matter.

“As an elected official, your integrity is a character trait that is most important to the people you represent,” Smith said.

And council chairman Larry Rolling said the council would take no action at this time.

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