NORWALK, Conn. -- A Norwalk man was sentenced to three months in jail in Washington state after scamming golf-tournament organizers by selling hole-in-one insurance and then failing award prizes, according to the Seattle Times.
Norwalk's Kevin Kolenda was credit for time served and released from custody, according to the report, after paying $15,000 in restitution. The 56-year-old pleaded guilty to two counts of selling insurance without a license and one count of first-degree theft in 2013, according to the report.
Kolenda was previously charged in Washington with five felony counts of selling insurance without a license in 2012. A bench warrant was issued for his arrest and he was taken into custody in December in Norwalk, according to the report.
According to court documents, Kolenda started a company called Golf Marketing in 1995 that he ran out of the Norwalk home he shares with his parents and sold insurance to organizations that offered prizes at golf tournaments.
In the tournaments, a golfer wins a prize if they get a hole-in-one on a certain hole. His company offered insurance on the prize. They were seldom won, but when they were, Kolenda wouldn’t pay.
He has been accused of running his scam in a many other states, including Connecticut.
Read the full story here at the Seattle Times.
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