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Wiehl to make first appearance on insurance fraud/theft charges is Smith County

Trisha A. Wiehl, of Smith County Insurance Services, will make her first appearance in Smith County District Court at 10 a.m. today to face 37 charges filed last week by the Kansas Attorney General’s office. Wiehl faces 37 non-person felony counts including theft, insurance fraud and 35 counts of making false information.

The suit alleges that between October, 1 2017 and January 2, 2018, Wielhl stole $100,000, or more, from Buckeye Insurance. She is accused of filing false claims under the names of existing policyholders, referring the false claims to a vehicle repair business which does not exist, and receiving checks at a post office box in Kensington which she collected the funds from.

Wiehl’s suspected illegal activity was discovered when policy holders were contacted by Buckeye Insurance to conduct reviews about how people felt about their claims process who had never filed a claim nor knew that a claim had been filed on their behalf.

Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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