State v. RimmerAnnotate this Case
Defendants participated in an insurance fraud ring that staged car accidents in Illinois. Defendants lived in Wisconsin and Illinois and had never been to Iowa before their extradition. A Wisconsin insurance company paid Defendants’ claims through its Wisconsin bank account. Two of the insurer’s employees interviewed Defendants by phone from the insurer’s Davenport, Iowa branch office. The insurance fraud was reported to detectives at the Davenport Police Department, and all three defendants were arrested in their home states and extradited to Iowa. Defendants were charged with five criminal offenses. Defendants moved to dismiss for lack of jurisdiction. The district court granted the motions to dismiss. The Supreme Court (1) affirmed the district court’s dismissal of one charge, as the State failed to show that any defendant submitted a false written statement or certificate in Iowa; and (2) reversed the district court’s dismissal of the other criminal charges, holding that the phone calls between Defendants and the insurer’s investigators in Davenport induced payments on false insurance claims, a detrimental effect in Iowa, which constituted an element of four of the five crimes charged.