Womack family sentenced in insurance fraud trial
TAILING HOMACKS' UNDERSENTENCE Convicted of Conducting a Fake Accident Racket and Mail Fraud. EAST ST. LOUIS, 111-, Feb. 9— ing a fake accident racket. Also convicted with the Womacks was Margaret Robertson, a friend of the family. They were sentenced by Judgn Fred L. Wham after they were convicted convicted on charges ranging 1 from mail fraud to conspiracy to defraud on faked accident claims. "I knew there were fake accidents : I knew there were faked claims, but wheiji an entire family enters into a, planned scheme, involving premeditated premeditated accidents to collect claims, it goc.s beyond my experience," Judge Wham said in passing sentence. "The thing that astonished me I (UP)—The "falling Womacks," a! family of eight persons, were under , prison sentences today for conduct- was that these defendants, particularly, particularly, the women, pounded and j threw themselves around to be bruised bruised and underwent the chance of injury for the few dollars that they got." John Womack was sentenced to four years on each of 13 counts of mail fraud; and two years on a conspiracy count, the sentences to run concurrently. Bertha Womack, John's wife, was sentenced to three years on each of 13 counts of mail fraud and two years on a count of conspiracy to defraud, the sentences to run concurrently. concurrently. Mildred Felis, a daughter, was sentenced to three years on each of 13 counts of mail fraud and two years on a conspiracy charge, the sentences to run concurrently.