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Rhinelander businessman sentenced to prison

MADISON (WAOW) – A Rhinelander businessman was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in federal prison and ordered to pay $1.3 million in restitution for defrauding several insurance companies, U.S. Attorney John Vaudreuil said.

John Henricks III, 43, was convicted of mail fraud in defrauding 19 auto insurance companies by staging accidents and creating false invoices through his Rhinelander business, Custom Collision, a body repair shop and towing company, the prosecutor said.

Henricks coerced Custom Collision employees to participate in a six-year fraudulent scheme involving 46 instances of fraud,” Vaudreuil said. “My office continues to pursue Henricks' assets to repay the victims.” 

Henricks pleaded guilty to the accusations in August. Henricks had also been charged in state court in the scheme. Those charges were dismissed after the federal case was launched.

Henricks, also known as Jack Henricks, achieved some fame last year when he drove a snowmobile 190.7 mph, breaking a 24-year-old Guinness world record for the fastest pass on ice, American Snowmobile magazine reported last January. The record was broken at a National Straightline Snowmobile Racing event in Menomonie. Henricks built the snowmobile he used to break the record, his attorney said.

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