Sirmans jailed here on $1 million bond

Published: Tuesday, September 1, 2009 at 5:08 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, September 1, 2009 at 5:08 p.m.

Longtime Gainesville insurance agent James Sirmans Jr. is in the Alachua County jail on $1 million bond after being extradited from California on larceny and fraud charges related to his business.

He is accused of pocketing $1.8 million in premiums for policies he took out on 20 sham businesses he is accused of starting.

The State Attorney's Office issued an arrest warrant on June 3 and he was arrested by San Diego police June 4.

The Alachua County Sheriff's Office paid Statewide Prisoner Extraditions of Orlando $1,851 to extradite Sirmans and he was booked into the Alachua County jail on July 2, where he remains.

The Sheriff's Office will ask for that money as part of Sirmans' restitution, according to spokesman Art Forgey.

Sirmans, 58, has not yet entered a plea, according to county court records. A case management court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 21, at which time he could enter a plea or his attorney could request more time.

Sirmans faces a maximum of 30 years in prison.

Sirmans operated Rubicon Insurance for 24 years and Rubicon Realty & Investment for 16 years, and has had other legitimate businesses, as well.

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