A former St. Louis insurance agent was sentenced to three years in prison on Monday for assisting a one-time reality TV star in fraudulently obtaining life insurance on a relative who was later shot to death in a murder-for-hire conspiracy.
Waiel Rebhi Yaghnam, 44, pleaded guilty to federal charges in July, admitting he conspired with James Norman on the policy on Norman’s nephew, Andre Montgomery Jr.
Both Norman and Montgomery appeared on OWN TV’s “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s,” a reality show set in a restaurant founded by Montgomery’s grandmother. Beginning in 2011, it ran for five seasons.
Montgomery, 21, was killed in 2016 by Travell Anthony Hill, who said he was hired by Norman. Hill pleaded guilty in June to conspiracy to murder-for-hire and was sentenced to 32 years in prison.
Norman, 43, was convicted in September of murder-for-hire and fraud charges. His sentencing is in March.
The policy included a $200,000 accidental death rider that paid out if Montgomery died from causes other than natural causes, as well as a $50,000 term rider that paid out if Montgomery died within 10 years of the policy’s issuance.