Insurance scammer gets 10 years for offering bogus restaurant coverage

SAN FRANCISCO A Bay Area man was sentenced to 10 years in prison earlier this week on charges of selling about $6 million in fake insurance policies to area restaurants and bars.

Richard Peterson, who was sometimes known as Robert James, operated an insurance brokerage firm that claimed to specialize in commercial liability insurance for the foodservice industry, according to the state insurance commissioner. Between 2000 and 2003,

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