Ex-insurance agent convicted of involvement in murder conspiracy for hire

st. Louis – A former insurance agent will spend the next three years in federal prison in a conspiracy to commit murder for hire involving a former St. Louis restaurateur and reality TV star.

Prosecutors at the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Missouri said in July 2022 Waiel “Wally” Yaghnam pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to commit wire and mail fraud.

Yaghnam admitted to colluding with James Timothy Norman to fraudulently purchase life insurance for Norman’s nephew Andre Montgomery Jr. He has a 10-year term rider of $50,000 which will be paid if Montgomery dies within 10 years of the insurance being approved.

Montgomery was shot dead at Block 3900 on Natural Bridge Road on the night of March 14, 2016. he was 21 years old.

Norman, a co-owner of Sweetie Pie’s soul food restaurant in the St. Louis area, arranged for his nephew’s murder for insurance money, of which Norman was the sole beneficiary.

Norman and Montgomery appeared on the reality show Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s.

In October 2014, Yagnam and Norman began applying for life insurance for Montgomery, but lied about Montgomery’s income, net worth, medical history, employment and family background.

After Montgomery’s murder, Yagnam called the company that issued the insurance policy to file a claim. That claim was ultimately dismissed.

Before the sentencing, U.S. District Judge John Ross said there was no evidence that Yagnam knew Norman would kill his nephew when he committed insurance fraud, but he said, “Bad things happen. It was a predictable result,” he added.

Travel Hill, who shot and killed Montgomery, pleaded guilty in June 2022 to one count of murder for hire and one count of conspiracy to murder for hire. He was sentenced to 32 years in prison in his October.

Terika Ellis, an exotic dancer from Memphis, Tennessee, has been accused of tracking down Montgomery’s whereabouts before his murder. rice field. She will have her sentence delivered on January 10, 2023.

Meanwhile, Norman was convicted in September of murder for hire, murder for hire, and conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. Sentencing will be handed down on March 2, 2023.

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